07 January 2015
RE: Graduate/Undergraduate Placement, London, Strategy
Dear Ms. <Redacted>
As an aspiring strategy consultant, I wish to join a firm with the best learning environment to facilitate my professional development in junior years. Strategy&’s strong footprint in core strategic markets has motivated me to apply for the role, as I am extremely interested in strategic analysis. Furthermore, the opportunity to work within small project teams promises additional responsibilities. This fits perfectly with my intention to pursue a long-term career in consultancy, as the steep learning curve offered by Strategy& will help accelerate my professional development. My diverse background as a journalist, a soldier and a financial analyst has conditioned me with excellent adaptability and determination. I am confident that my experience and characteristics would add value to the firm’s dedication to its collegial and collaborative culture.
At Samsung Securities, I conducted extensive research on a global semiconductor firm and was intrigued by the various ways to evaluate companies and industries. Consequently, I started investing in Chinese and Korean stocks myself. My experience in different industries led me to realise that I want to pursue a career in which I can have a meaningful impact on clients. By conducting As-Is analysis on the online and mobile strategy of a global airline and by presenting benchmarks and solutions to the senior executives, I was impressed by such a wide range of projects within consulting firms and their tangible impact on client’s businesses. Having researched how years of unsound M&As led to a liquidity crisis for a global shipping company while interning at Korea Development Bank, I am eager to uncover and implement sustainable corporate strategy and business ideas.
In a highly competitive environment at Imperial College, I was able to achieve a 1st class degree in Mathematics and develop logical reasoning and quantitative skills. To transfer my analytical capabilities into the business world, I progressed to study management at London Business School and I am studying for the CFA Level II qualification to understand the financial aspect of corporate management. During my military service, I acquired highly advanced leadership and organisational skills, along with experience taking responsibility for my actions and taking important decisions. For instance, I led a team of 8 to initiate five field exercises for a 230-soldier unit. As a result, I was awarded early promotions twice and was selected as a squad leader.
A combination of my strong analytical and collaborative skills and passion for impactful change will enable me to contribute to Strategy&. Thank you in advance for the consideration of my application. I look forward to hearing from you.
Headquarters: New York, NY, United States
Size: 10000+ employees
Type: Company – Private
Industry: Accounting & Legal
Revenue: £2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Are you interested in the opportunity to work for an industry-leading firm that services clients that include the Fortune 500, and will give you the experience and exposure you need to build your career and personal brand? If you are, then PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (www.pwc.com/us) is the firm for you. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US) helps clients meet the challenges and opportunities of the US marketplace in the areas of assurance, tax, and advisory. We offer the advantage of being part of a global network of firms combined with detailed knowledge of local, state and US national issues. More than 169,000 people in over 158 countries across the PwC network are committed to deliver quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. People across the PwC network share knowledge, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and deliver practical advice.
Mission: At PwC US, you will be part of a learning culture, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, excellence is rewarded, and diversity is respected and valued. We offer a flexible career progression model that allows for a variety of challenging opportunities throughout your career. We provide unparalleled coaching, mentoring, and career development programs; global opportunities; and state of the art technology-driven methodologies to help you provide quality service to our clients.
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Audit Graduate Program
I have just started a one-year master’s course in International Accounting and Finance at Cass Business School. I am writing to apply for Graduate Programme in External Audit Assurance, which I saw advertised on Career Website in PwC. Please find enclosed my CV as requested.
PwC is undoubtedly the biggest accounting firm around the globe and its assurance department is the core business among all department. As I am interested in working with people from all culture and background, PwC always attracts me by its full exposure to diverse people and jobs. It is the sheer novelty experienced from different client and colleagues who you will be working with that motivates me to move forward everyday as auditor. PwC also touches the core business across different countries by looking deep inside what is happening in the most prominent companies in various industries, which will definitely be the best chance in forming my personal knowledge and scope of certain industry to boost my long-term business acumen.
External auditing requires constant learning and creation in accounting treatment. With many emerging companies appear in market place, PwC offers well-rounded training parallel to the ever-changing accounting environment and even shapes the future of accounting methods fit for new business models.
As you can see from my CV, I took three internships during my undergraduate degree at Central University of Finance and Economics gaining valuable experience as an Audit intern with PwC and an intern in Marketing Department with BMW. At PwC, I participated in the annual audit of the five branches of the Petro China Kunlun GasCo., Ltd.. In this period, my academic knowledge got enhanced through reading a variety of listed companies’ annual financial statements and understanding the how numbers in different sheets linked with each other. Via communicating with customers and seniors, my ability of both team work and communication have improved a lot. Besides that, working in Marketing Department in BMW further developed my skills in analysing data, multitasking solving, communication and making presentations. My previous academic background and current MSc at Cass Business School gave me opportunity to develop my analytical and data processing skills.
I am very excited about this opportunity and hope my enthusiasm is conveyed in this application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you.
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