Growing a big city thrilled and fascinated

Growing up, the idea of working in a big city thrilled
and fascinated me. For me, the big city was Accra in Ghana. That all changed
when I moved to the United States a little over five years ago. The move
however has not quenched that resolve. I still have the dream of working in a
big city like Washington DC. Below are the reasons why I am very interested in
exploring Washington, D.C. during this spring break from a career exploration
viewpoint.

Being the capital of the United States, the ample job
and career development opportunities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area
cannot be over stated. The Bureau of Labour Statistics have stated the growing
job opportunities in the Washington D.C. area in the sectors of banking &
finance, education, health services, trade, transportation and utilities. I am
currently in the Master of Business Administration program at Bowling Green
State University’s College of Business planning on graduating with a
specialization in finance. I am also pursuing the career path of an actuary
which subsets the finance and insurance industry making the Washington D.C.
area a great fit for me career wise. I am hoping that this first-hand exposure
of the career and networking trip will serve as a door opener for networking
opportunities as I navigate my career path. Furthermore, the interactions
during the employer visits will open my eyes to new opportunities for perhaps
career advancements which may not be so clear to me now but in line with my
overall picture.

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Secondly, U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington D.C.
metropolitan area as the 4th best place to live based on quality of life and
the job market for 2017. A good quality of life leads to a very good quality work
life. In choosing the city I would like to have my career, quality of life is
paramount. In addition, it is a known fact that numerous employers in the area
often allow telecommuting, flexible schedules and give employees the independence
and trust to do their jobs. Also, there is so much diversity in the area’s
population and the cultural variation is essential for a growing career. This
melting pot facilitates networking which will impact the growth of my future
career. I have had the opportunity to experience the Washington D.C atmosphere
on a few occasions and it was always amazing meeting people from various cultures
and how much one could learn. It would be amazing to live and work in this
atmosphere as I advance in my career path.

Furthermore, I am interested in Washington D.C. from a
career view point as a city of choice because it will be a perfect place to
learn about the history and the ways of the American people. Aside from housing
the seat of political power, it is etched in history. In terms of exploration,
there are many memorials one could visit. Also, there are major battlefields
from the civil war in the metropolitan area, not to mention many museums such
as the Smithsonian Institute that I would love to visit. Ultimately, I would love
to live and work in a city that not only offers me opportunities professionally
but socially also since a good life is about a good balance between work and
life. There are so many ways to recharge yourself to keep the fuel burning as
one works.

Finally, I am keen on this visit from a career
exploration point of view because I hope to have my career in a city that is
close to my family. Though my nuclear family is back in Ghana, I have several
relatives in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area which motivates me to make
the move when an opportunity comes. And I believe that this career networking
trip will afford me the opportunity to explore more career opportunities
through the employer visits and introduce me to networking opportunities that
will have lasting impression upon my career in addition to all the reasons
above. Therefore, your positive consideration of my application will be greatly
appreciated. I look forward to the career networking trip with enthusiasm,
excitement and determination. Thank you.