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, D.C. 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
Labor 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 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 great 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. There are so many ways
to recharge yourself to keep the fuel burning as one works. Ultimately, I would
love to live and work in a city that not only offers me opportunities professionally
but socially since a great life is about a good balance between work and social
life.

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 leave a lasting impression upon my career. 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.

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