Hope you're doing great and may this new year be even better then the last one for you.
I'm 22 years old and i'll be graduating this year from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford with a 3 year B Sc program in applied accountancy and an honorary BBA from theUniversity of Central Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. On top of that i would have qualified my final exams for the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) en-route to enrolling for the ICAEW's ACA.
I'm pretty confused about what i wanna do next. I could either put three years of slave labour into one of the big-4s and learn some advisory (Consultancy) and audit. Or i can persue the MBA.. perhaps with an additional degree.
How good would you say this program is for a Chartered Accountant (Quite the same as a US CPA, but trained under the IFRS instead of GAAP) generally.. and specifically for my case?
Any reply will be treasured,
Hi, Bilalk. Whether or not the MBA makes sense for you depends on what you want to do with it. However, with little or no work experience, it will be difficult to earn admission to one of the top programs. That said, I have also found that Chartered Accountants with auditing backgrounds also face hurdles in getting in: auditing doesn't tend to leave much room for creativity or leadership of new initiatives with revenue impact - the qualities that the top MBA programs are seeking.
If you do decide to do auditing, I highly recommend simultaneously having an active extracurricular leadership role in which you are able to shape the community.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRWjbloom@accepted.com
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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