I'm applying R2 to schools in the top 36-60 range. I decided late in the application season that I wanted to go to business school and then I needed to take the GMAT again, so I missed R1. I was laid off from my underwriting job (lack of work, 1/3 of company laid-off) in December and am currently looking for new employment. I'm sure that's not a positive on my application but I've tried to spin it as a way for me to get exposure in a different area before beginning my MBA. Is that a good approach?
Also, I want to eventually become the CFO of a large corporation or a small start-up (I haven't decided). I plan to do this by first becoming a credit or risk manager after getting my MBA. Then I will aim for a treasury position, then controller, and finally CFO. I have a background in risk analysis but I want to be at the center of a company's financial strategy, which is why my mid-term goal is to become a treasurer. I'm interested in businesses that incorporate a positive self-esteem initiative for women, like Dove and Special K. I also admire nonprofits like Dress for Success and Girl's LEAP, for similar reasons. My passion for the advancement of women began when I went to a women's college. When I taught English in Japan for three years, I witnessed Japanese women struggle with the expectation that they will quit their jobs after becoming pregnant. I also want to work for a company that has a strong international presence or the capacity to develop one. (My essays explain my goals more eloquently than what I just wrote. I'm just asking for general advice here.)
I thought this goal was specific enough but now I'm not so sure, after reading posts on gmatclub. Do I need to also say what type of financial industry I'm interested in? I don't know and I'm not sure how to find out, because of my limited work experience in that field. I know that most companies only have one treasurer so the jump from credit/risk manager to treasurer might seem too big. Also, it's not a disadvantage that I mention non-profits in a business school essay, right? I mean, business schools honestly want their graduates to impact the community as well as make money? Are my goals not focused and cohesive enough? I want to be honest and also set myself up for success. Sorry this is so long.
Please help!! Much appreciated!!