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!!
Thanks for writing here.
Honestly speaking, toooo much information and too much confusion on what you want to do and what are your goals.
I do not see a single track (Sorry, but I am trying to help you here), now I do not mean that YOU are confused, but you need to express your goals, desires, values and passions in separate ways.
I would suggest you to share your essays with me (if you want) and I may help you refine the same. you can refer to my signature and there is a thread where you can find the format to send your essays for free review.
Overall, your application is above average age at MBA schools. Now, the admissions team looks very closely while reviewing applications that are more than +2 0r 3 years than the average of the school, and I would suggest CLARITY on why NOW, why MBA and GOALS.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to let me know.
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