I read your background and thought you could help me out. My background is below. I'd appreciate it if you could be very honest as to whether I stand a chance getting into a top ten MBA program. My goal is to get into Goldman Sachs. I know a managing director there, who said he could push my for my internship if I came from a top ten school. Unfortunately, my background is very average compared to some of the other applicants. Please let me know what you think.
Certified Public Accountant - Passed 2010
Masters of Science in Accounting - Roosevelt University - December 2006
(Chicago) - 3.8/4.0 GPA - Graduated with honors
(This is my biggest concern, that I did not go to a reputable school)
Undergrad - Roosevelt University (Chicago)
Undergraduate in Business Admininstration with an emphasis in Accounting (3.4/4.0 GPA)
Big 4 Firm (January 2007-December 2009)
January 2010-March 2011
Took time off to start my own cement company in India. Clearly things did not work out - mainly for political reasons.
April 2011- to present
Currently working for a publicly traded company
Senior Tax Accountant
I have a long list of responsiblities at each organization, implementing systems, improving business processes, and mentoring staff - including international experience with teaching staff in India and UK. I have also been invloved with a couple of different countries and working with authorities on transfer pricing issues.
(I just wanted to give you a brief idea of my background without spitting out 15 pages)
As far as volunteer programs - I do volunteer at my local temple to raise money for certain charities (I could improve in this area).
Recommendations: I'm confident I can get rec's from a partner at a Big 4 firm and the CEO of my company.
Reason for MBA: Want to move into finance
Schools Applying To: Ideally any top 10
Do you think I am a qualified applicant for these schools despite my undergrad being from a school that isnt as reputable as most? What do you think of my current work experience?
I've started the Manhattan GMAT
on March 10th. I've never opened a GMAT book in my life, but am confident that i can touch 700-710. I also just turned 29.
That's my situation. I would love if you didnt sugar coat any response you might have. (I forgot to add that I'm going to start rosetta stone - mandarin within a couple months)