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How does an Electrical indicate interest in finance?

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I'm applying to a few programs, and there's the same old question, something to the effect of:

"Given your past work experiences, why do you want to pursue an MBA now, at ______ B-school, and how does your interest line up with your short and long-term goals?"

Well, I'm an electrical engineer and have had no experience at all in the finance industry. Yes, I have been in a very corporate, very analytical environment that is probably somewhat similar to what I will experience in a finance firm, but its definitely not as clear cut as "Well I've been a financial analyst for 3 years and now I need an MBA to further my career and get promoted." I know exactly what I'd like to do once I graduate, but regarding the whole, "well what made you decide to do an MBA" part, I did my research online, took a finance class, and by talking to people, and I decided that this was an area that interested me.

How would a typical career switcher be able to answer this question in an effective manner? The essay books I've been taking a look at make it seem so easy, its either "I've had financial experience already..." or "I come from a very non-traditional career path, so I have some very unique set of skills..."

Would anyone be able to advise? I very much appreciate your input!

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You might want to consider taking the CFA level I exam in June

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theturko,

The advice to take the CFA is a good one, but it's actually sufficient to show the schools (a) where your interest in finance came from and (b) that you've tested that interest through informational interviews, research, etc. Another possibility to seek out non-paid opportunities to get your feet wet in a finance role, take some finance courses and do well in them, and refer in your essays to any experiences at work that show you have an aptitude for numbers. But it sounds like you've already done a fair amount to convince them that finance is really the field you want to go into and you know what that career involves.

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