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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 09:44
I recently took the GMAT and got a score of 740 (Q 47, V 44) but have not received my AWA or IR scores yet.

I am an Asian-American woman who went to Barnard College in NYC, majored in Economics, and graduated in 2007 with a 3.45 GPA. I have been doing the same job since graduation, which is client services for a boutique asset management firm: writing and sending investor reports, planning investor events and handling investor requests. I also have to do menial tasks like answering phones at reception or for the CEO, etc. I took and passed the CFA Level 1 in my first try last year but would like to change my career to accounting and get a job in tax at one of the Big Four and get a CPA. I have had no significant extracurricular activities or community service. However, I have been helping a friend study for the GMAT since June of last year. I plan on being a volunteer tax preparer next year (January-March), but I am not sure if that is already too late (I am applying for the January 15 round). I am trying to become a volunteer tutor for low-income students in NYC but am having a hard time since tutoring usually begins in September/October. If I do get into tutoring, it would not start until the middle of November the earliest. I also began taking a beginner's Mandarin class a few weeks ago.

I am targeting Baruch Zicklin, Fordham and Pace Lubin. I would like to get a merit-based scholarship or assistantship to pay for most of the tuition. I am worried about my lack of community service activities and the fact that I am transitioning careers from a job that sounds more or less like a glorified office assistant. What are the chances that I can get accepted plus get merit-based scholarships from these programs?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2012, 12:06
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Thanks for sharing your profile. Congrats on the GMAT - your academic profile is very strong (way above your target schools!) That said, I share your concern about your professional background. It sounds like your role has remained pretty much the same since you began (doesn't seem like you've been given increasing responsibility or promotions). Further, it sounds like your work is rather individualistic in nature - i.e., doesn't look like you work in and/or lead teams on a regular basis. I also share your concerns about your lack of extracurricular and community activities.

So, while it's clear that you have strong analytic capability, it is not as clear that you're a proven leader. Still, I think given your target programs and your scores, you will have a good chance.

Finally, I would pose the question of whether you really need an MBA to transition into tax/advisory services. It might be worth talking to folks who are in that field to see if an MBA is the right degree for you. Perhaps you could just take some certification courses and then apply. I don't know the answer, but worth finding out.

As for scholarships, I think it could be possible at these programs, but it's difficult to say as every program has different criteria for scholarships.

Good luck!

Mili Mittal
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