This is a rough draft of my personal statement for a Masters of Accountancy program. Just looking for some thoughts, tips, ideas, etc. The topic is the general "give your background, why you want to be an accountant, why x school, and how it will prepare you". Thank you very much!
It has taken a lot of questioning and effort to determine what career path I would like to pursue. That is an honest answer amidst all of the personal statements describing childhood fascination with numbers or money, and the ensuing inevitability of a career in accounting. I had no idea I wanted to be an accountant when I grew up.
My path began when I graduated from ________ in 2008 with a degree in English during a severe financial crisis. I have had a number of jobs since graduating, and I have learned to embrace the diversity of their experiences. I have worked in offices crunching numbers and I have worked directly with people solving problems, both of which are important aspects of accountancy. I believe that my professional background will greatly aid in my graduate education, because it has created a strong desire for me to find a focus, along with a determination to succeed. I want a specialization, a career as an accountant. As for my educational background, my English degree gives me not only the ability to communicate, necessary in public accounting, but also a unique perspective among those with accounting backgrounds that I can bring to __________ program.
I believe highly in the importance of education. I have taken a variety of college courses since graduating, from computer science and calculus to accounting. First of all, I felt the need to bolster my quantitative academic resume due to my liberal arts background. Secondly, I was seeking a passion. I moved to _______ because of its financial sector, and thus enrolled in financial accounting at __________. I not only stayed awake during my early morning class, but I was enthralled by the subject matter. I had always enjoyed reading BusinessWeek and The Economist
, mainly to understand the great recession I was enduring, but to actually learn how companies operate and succeed by examining financial statements took my interest to a new level. I began researching career opportunities and discovered auditing, which dealt directly with financial statements, and then I found out how I was going to get there.
My next step is to obtain a Masters in Accountancy at ______. As soon as I came to that realization, I buckled down and began preparing for the GMAT while working full-time and taking supplemental courses such as statistics and economics. I met with my advisor and with several professors in the accounting department to discuss my plans. We all agreed that a master’s degree would be the best way to launch my career given my non-traditional background. It is integral for me to continue to learn, to develop myself academically and professionally in order to achieve my goal. I need an education that will prepare me to work as an auditor in _______ and to pass the CPA examination. I believe graduate school at _________ is exactly where I need to be to continue to traverse the path I have worked so hard to discover.