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What do I want to do? What can I do? [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 05:16
- I'm a CPA (auditor), and have a solid background in accounting/finance. I have also worked on business valuations.
- I do not want to be in the financial reporting function for the rest of my life. There is little decision making capability and it leaves me feeling unrewarded.
- I also do not want to throw my CPA designation away and try to totally change career paths, as I worked VERY hard to achieve it, and the skills I've developed are extremely crucial in ANY industry and in any position.
- I want to stay on the technical side of things until I can become a true "manager". But will being on the technical side of things (such as an analyst) prohibit me from getting future management positions?
- I want to be involved in strategic issues, be it in analysis of possible transactions, risk management, or something of that nature. I feel like that taking this path will allow me to enhance my decision making capabilities and become a leader.

It boils down to: I want to remain in a technical or partially technical capacity, however, I don't want to be a drone (as I often feel like in public accounting). I want to be able to make decisions or at least be on track to a position in which I will be making decisions/recommendations or be in charge of projects such as make/buy decisions, expansions, valuations, etc.... I know I've been fairly vague, but what job in the corporate world somewhat fits these characteristics? I'm trying to get away from "I want to manage", and develop a more precise idea of what I want.

---- Also, coming from such a quant heavy background, is it legit for me to say that part of the reason I'm seeking an MBA is to further develop my qualitative abilities like managing people/teams, strategic thinking, marketing, etc... Kind of like, "I have the quantitative abilities necessary, now I'm looking to 'round out' my talents"?
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Re: What do I want to do? What can I do? [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 08:54
Sounds like you want a CFO role. Such a role in a growing medium size company could be interesting.
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Re: What do I want to do? What can I do? [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 09:35
I am in accounting industry too, and yes, CFO is the designation you are looking for. I wish you best of luck in finding what are you looking for.

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Re: What do I want to do? What can I do? [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 06:32
Thanks for the responses. I'm positive that a CFO position matches my aspirations, however, I can't exactly state that on my admissions applications. I don't want to seem like a pipe dreamer. Would stating that I want a position in corporate finance in my selected industy(ies) be a seemingly legitimate post-MBA goal to state in essays?
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Re: What do I want to do? What can I do? [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2011, 07:38
Why can't you state that you want to be a CFO in your applications? To live is to dream. Besides, some people have much crazier aspirations.
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