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Young CPA - Please Evaluate, Thanks!! [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2011, 04:13
My Profile: 24 years old (25/26 at time of admittance), Male

- Bachelor in Accounting, 3.7GPA from Marshall University (run-of-the-mill state school)

- I am currently studying for the GMAT. Judging by practice exams, my conservative score prediction is 650 up to possibly 690. I know this will significantly impact your evaluation of my profile, but I do not want to make the GMAT until I am very confident that I won't come in at my lower range (650).

- I'm a Senior Auditor at a regional accounting firm (aka, unheard of). Although my firm is small (50 professionals), it is the 4th largest in my state (WV) and I have worked with large privately held corporations in the coal and manufacturing industries, including the largest privately held coal corporation by reserves in the mid-Atlantic U.S., as well as manufacturers with operations across the Eastern U.S., China, Australia and South America. I have also worked with our largest bank client that also happens to be publicly traded. I'll have had 2.5 years of experience when I apply in summer of next year (2012)

I have all the standard auditor experience (audits as well as comps, reviews, projections) and I have also worked directly with foreign translation of Chinese subsidiary financial statements. My firm is very non-traditional, and as such, I have not been as limited in my ability to gain more responsibility simply by working hard.

I have been "auditor-in-charge" of various audit engagements, dealing face to face with CEO's and CFO's of mid-sized ($200-500+mm in revenue) corporations. I have also been a team member of our Business Valuation group and taken part in multiple valuations, although I do not possess the CVA or CBV certifications.

- In college, I was the Treasurer of my Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity. I also spoke at our regional conference competition and was awarded 2nd place, only behind NYU. During my time in BAP, I also volunteered for the United Way to prepare tax returns for low income individuals and families.

- I have no patents or publications, however, I am a Certified Public Accountant, and the youngest CPA in my firm.

- I am a recreational distance runner and have successfully completed a marathon.

- My target schools are solid 2nd tier schools, with some 1st tier schools thrown in as my long shots: Target schools are Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Long shot schools are UNC and Duke. Safety school is OSU.

--------I'm confident in my GPA, and I'm confident in my ability to perform at least on par on the GMAT, my big worry is that my firm is not a national name.
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Re: Young CPA - Please Evaluate, Thanks!! [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 09:26
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You have a competitive profile for your target schools. If your GMAT ends up in the higher end of your range, your stretch schools also become more feasible.

I wouldn't worry about the smaller accounting firm as long as you can show that you have handled real responsibility for larger clients, the size of your firm will not be such an issue. It is more of an educational challenge to show what responsibility you have had. Sometimes a smaller employer actually allows for more growth and leadership. Make sure you mention that you are the youngest CPA in your 50-person firm and have been given significant responsibility.

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