My name is Paul-Emmanuel Kata, and I am a native from Ivory Coast, West Africa. Since I was a child I have always wanted to live and study in the United States, and especially in California. I am currently attending Los Angeles Valley College, and my objective is to transfer to a four-year university to study Business Administration. Being a businessman has always been a dream of mine. I plan to obtain a bachelor degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. What motivated me to major in business are the different opportunities that this program offers. The business program would give me the the opportunity to become a leader of tomorrow and the power to shape the world and provide society with innovative services and products. My career goals are to work as a financial analyst, and later on create my own company. A career as a financial analyst can be intellectually stimulating and financially rewarding. I also plan to improve my technical financial analysis skills and knowledge of financial analysis software. The tools used in financial planning departments have dramatically changed from simple spreadsheet software to sophisticated planning and reporting packages. I believe that learning these advanced tools will help me rise up the ranks in the financial department, as well as qualify for a higher salary. Since I have a big family, money will be important, and my career will satisfy my needs. As I plan to become a financial analyst, I believe that an important factor for success is the preparation for my career path. My approach is to look for summer internships with the help of the career service center before I finish completing my bachelor’s degree program. I also plan to attend on-campus job fairs to introduce myself to prospective employers and learn about their companies and organizations. In order to have a competitive advantage on the job market, I will also seek a minor in Information Systems during my academic program. I believe that a valuable worker is someone who excels in class, has a diverse skill set, and gains work experience. Besides, I plan to study a semester abroad in order to broaden my horizons and learn about the business culture of other countries and continents, which is crucial for any businessman who wants to become successful. The study abroad program would help me learn a new language as well. As I am already fluent in English and French, learning a third language would be beneficial for my future business career.