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Joined: 29 Mar 2010
Posts: 140
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, International Business
GMAT 1: 590 Q28 V38
GPA: 2.54
WE: Accounting (Hospitality and Tourism)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 12

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Profile evaluation, looking to change careers [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2014, 02:44
Quick Facts:
College: University of Alabama
Bachelors: Accounting
GPA: 2.4 Something
Age: 29
Work History:

2008-2011
Upon graduating from college I worked for a hospice in Georgia for four years. I started as an accountant/bookkeeper, made the CFO extremely happy by assisting in extremely aggressive cost cutting techniques. In 2009 I received a title change to Senior Accountant, and I took on a multitude of other responsibilities including IT and other tasks. In my third year I was promoted to Controller where I was in charge of compiling the un-audited financial packages to the CFO/CEO and the Board of Directors, as well as all other necessary tasks associated with the title. In my final 10 months I initiated and managed our first ever external audit of our financial statements. And finally, throughout my last 6 months I played a pivotal role in the sale of the company to outside venture capitalists.

And then I was laid off......

I was out of work for a majority of 2012, and was deeply saddened and depressed throughout most of the year.

Starting in 2013 I started working as an accountant for a Fortune 50 company where it is exceedingly difficult to gain any type of management experience, or gain any rapid promotions. Plus, it does not help that my boss is not willing to write me a letter of recommendation because we have not worked together long enough.

To make a long story short, I do not want to work in accounting for the rest of my life. As of right now it is nothing more than a paycheck to pay the bills.

I currently reside in the energy capital of the world, and throughout the past several years I have become deeply passionate about the oil/gas industry and corporate finance.

I have kept putting off taking the GMAT throughout the course of this year due to fear of failure, again, but I am bound and determined to score +680 because I know that is what it will take in order to overcome my terribly weak GPA.

I am putting a lot of this effort to get into my dream school, which is, Rice University.

Since I am going on 30 would it be a good idea for me to go on a full time program? Or should I stick to a professional MBA.
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Joined: 30 Nov 2009
Posts: 3369
Location: Chicago, IL
Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
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Re: Profile evaluation, looking to change careers [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2014, 01:02
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Dude,
You are a PERFECT candidate for an MBA. You want to go for the right reasons. It is the right time. You are the right age. All you gotta do immediately is solve that GMAT thing!

Yeah sure, you have had a couple or rough knocks along the way, but your profile looks pretty good other than that GPA. And your plan of "making up" for it with a stellar GMAT is the one to go with.

Given your goals, Rice is of course THE perfect school for you, but I do hope you will apply to at least 3-5 more schools as well.

Starting working on Rice already - go to open house events, visit once or twice, connect with people, ask questions, and so on. Dedication and passion can get you very far in your applications, especially once you move out of Top 20 schools.

But right now KILL that GMAT!!!! I'd highly recommend taking a course like Manhattan, and studying studying studying. Put more energy into it than your work, and it will pay off for you big time, dude.
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Re: Profile evaluation, looking to change careers [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2014, 01:26
Hi,

Very true, a good GMAT score can definitely get you an admit into your dream school. As Jon quoted you have a good profile. You can work a little hard toward improving your GMAT and later on concentrating on the application essays. This might help you http://goo.gl/eEFTaA.

All the best!!!

Neha

hfbamafan wrote:
Quick Facts:
College: University of Alabama
Bachelors: Accounting
GPA: 2.4 Something
Age: 29
Work History:

2008-2011
Upon graduating from college I worked for a hospice in Georgia for four years. I started as an accountant/bookkeeper, made the CFO extremely happy by assisting in extremely aggressive cost cutting techniques. In 2009 I received a title change to Senior Accountant, and I took on a multitude of other responsibilities including IT and other tasks. In my third year I was promoted to Controller where I was in charge of compiling the un-audited financial packages to the CFO/CEO and the Board of Directors, as well as all other necessary tasks associated with the title. In my final 10 months I initiated and managed our first ever external audit of our financial statements. And finally, throughout my last 6 months I played a pivotal role in the sale of the company to outside venture capitalists.

And then I was laid off......

I was out of work for a majority of 2012, and was deeply saddened and depressed throughout most of the year.

Starting in 2013 I started working as an accountant for a Fortune 50 company where it is exceedingly difficult to gain any type of management experience, or gain any rapid promotions. Plus, it does not help that my boss is not willing to write me a letter of recommendation because we have not worked together long enough.

To make a long story short, I do not want to work in accounting for the rest of my life. As of right now it is nothing more than a paycheck to pay the bills.

I currently reside in the energy capital of the world, and throughout the past several years I have become deeply passionate about the oil/gas industry and corporate finance.

I have kept putting off taking the GMAT throughout the course of this year due to fear of failure, again, but I am bound and determined to score +680 because I know that is what it will take in order to overcome my terribly weak GPA.

I am putting a lot of this effort to get into my dream school, which is, Rice University.

Since I am going on 30 would it be a good idea for me to go on a full time program? Or should I stick to a professional MBA.

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Neha Singh
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Re: Profile evaluation, looking to change careers   [#permalink] 08 Feb 2014, 01:26
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