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Good WE But Too Average Elsewhere - In Need of Evaluation

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Location: Northern California
Schools: Duke - Fuqua
WE 1: CPA & CFE with 7 years of experience
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Good WE But Too Average Elsewhere - In Need of Evaluation [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2010, 18:42
Hi everyone,
I'd appreciate a profile review. It's hard to get a handle on what I should be targeting with my stats.

1) I'm male and from the US. My first problem is my age as I'm 31.

2) My undergrad is in History and I was a teacher for a couple of years. My GPA was a disappointing 3.25 (I didn't take school very seriously 10 years ago). My GMAT score is a not-so-stellar 680.

3) I hope that some of my negatives are balanced by my work experience. I am a CPA and CFE with 7 years of experience. To qualify for both of these licences required that I went back and took a bunch of accounting and business courses (great grades in these classes). I am currently the head of my accounting department, overseeing the work of my clients' controllers, accountants and CPAs. The work usually involves management consulting, internal control/fraud examination, and domestic/international tax planning.

4) My extracurriculars are donating my accounting skills to a non-profit for Africa. The goal of this non-profit is to create sustainability in small African villages.

5) My short term goal, post-MBA, is to get a position at a big name consulting/management firm. I have small firm experience and am looking to move into the larger arena. My geographic preference is in the Western US or Northeastern US.

6) I am looking into one of the top 20 schools. Really, if I can't get in to one of those, it doesn't make much practical sense to put such a hold on my career.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Good WE But Too Average Elsewhere - In Need of Evaluation [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 13:31
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Hi VinceCPA,

You have some very strong characteristics and you should not be concerned about your age in your application. What will be most important is that you discuss why you want to pursue an MBA and how this will impact and benefit your career going forward.

Are there any MBA programs you are particularly interested in? You have a competitive application.

I hope this was of help. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Re: Good WE But Too Average Elsewhere - In Need of Evaluation   [#permalink] 28 Jan 2011, 13:31
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