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Switch to Operations? [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2004, 11:56
I have a 3.9 in Accounting from USC, 760 GMAT, and am a manager for one of the "big four" in audit. I feel confident about my chances for admission at a top-five school, but I'm not sure whether this is an appropriate move for me or not.

I'm interested in operations management (statistical management, bpm, etc). I have have a number of manufacturing clients, and am much more interested in the physical processes rather than crunching numbers. I'm concerned that this field is mostly the domain of MBAs with an engineering background rather than an accounting background. It also seems like MBA is really just a tool to enhance your current background, and not necessarily to change to something else.

Does anyone have any insight (or anecdotal examples) regarding someone like me who is looking to make a change in my professional focus. Thanks!
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2004, 06:51
Interesting. 60-80% of applicants to b-school. in any given year are looking to make a career transition of some sort. Given your interest in operations and experiences with manufacturing clients, this seems to be obtainable for you. This compounded by your interest in the more statistical side of operations, which would connect nicely with your accounting background.

I would recommend that you look closely at schools who are well known for their focus on operations / statistical managment. MIT immediately comes to mind. I believe that you wouldn't have too much difficulty making that transition.

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