It’s a great question. Tax is not one of those “sexy” career areas, and the very word might seem to imply narrow focus. Yet every application has its challenges and opportunities. I suggest that rather than being defensive about your tax profession, take the opposite approach: be proud of it, delve into it, make it sexy and exciting. How do you do that? Show (through anecdote and example) what’s important about it – its huge impact on corporate financial strategy for example, its ethical ramifications, what it reveals about the various practitioners and their approaches to it within a corporation, what it reflects and how it influences the relationship between enterprise and the particular country… see what I mean? All quite interesting. It’s your job in the application to make your business come alive.
And that’s the case regardless of what country it is. If you’re applying to US programs and you’re writing about your tax work in another country, portray and elaborate on these issues and details for that country – the US adcoms will understand and learn from your discussion.
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