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So So GPA and left Big 4... [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2014, 07:39
27/M/African American with CPA

Currently I am a financial analyst at a medium sized company and have regularly gotten high ratings. I stayed at a Big 4 firm for 1 year (actually 9 months) and absolutely hated it and left.

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Northern Illinois University: 3.25/4.0 GPA with 3.95/4.0 in major (3.25 is a result of premed classes at different school while playing college football, A's in nearly all finance and accounting classes)

Started online network/forum for accounting and finance career advancement and help (site makes significant profit also). I started tutoring services for kids needing help with accounting (all free) and volunteer with inner city kids helping one get to and through college.

I have ran a probono social media marketing firm for nonprofit organizations (They will be my letters of recommendation)

Any top 25 but specifically Ross, Farqua, Stern, Booth, Kelley would be great (#1 is Ross) and looking to apply R1 2015

I want to use the MBA as a career change into a brand management role with the long term goal of starting a hands on charity helping inner city kids get motivated for college.

My concern would be that I left Big 4 and now my job doesn't scream out "prestigious", not that a Big 4 job did. My overall GPA also isn't amazing by any means. I think my strengths will be things I did outside of work with charities. What do you guys think?
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Re: So So GPA and left Big 4... [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2014, 01:55
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Hey dude,
Weeeeeeell your GPA is not all thaaaaaaat bad. I'd even say its pretty darn good - good enough that you don't have to worry about it. Plus you have TONS of other awesome stuff in your profile - like your GMAT! You have some nice volunteer work, a successful entrepreneurial venture are an African-american, and have very interesting goals. So there's plenty going for you here. I need a wee bit more info about your current work experience to get a better sense of what you do, but first the fact that you got a job at a big 4 is good, and the fact that you left cause you realized you wanted something else, even better. I mean you are following your path right???

I feel that much of your candidacy will hinge upon how convincing you are with your goals - they aaaaare interesting - but how CONCRETE are they? how linked to your past are they? how passionate are you?? All of these will be important as you apply.

I also don't know exactly what your criteria are for selecting your schools. I feel like your list is off to a good start, but you could add a few more of the schools that are traditionally strong in non-profit, like Haas, Kellogg, Yale and so on.

Two resources for you that might help out: http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/

and the Consortium: http://www.cgsm.org/

hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions,
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Re: So So GPA and left Big 4... [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2014, 08:27
Thanks for your input Jon. I am 100% committed to this and my background I think will show it. As for what I do now, I'm in a FP&A role that's a bit more weighted toward accounting.

Do you think I'd be competitive for those schools? I'd love Yale or Northwestern but just wasn't sure if I was competitive.
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Re: So So GPA and left Big 4... [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2014, 23:21
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btsellers13 wrote:
Thanks for your input Jon. I am 100% committed to this and my background I think will show it. As for what I do now, I'm in a FP&A role that's a bit more weighted toward accounting.

Do you think I'd be competitive for those schools? I'd love Yale or Northwestern but just wasn't sure if I was competitive.


I think you should have at least a shot, and should definitely consider adding them to your list.
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