- 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"?