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New post 10 Jan 2017, 07:48
Hi there,

Wondering if you guys can please help me with my profile as I begin to think about my Fall 2017 R1 B-School applications. Any advice regarding areas I can focus on would be much appreciated to help me achieve my goals!

1) Basic demographic info: 30 at time of application, Female, Vietnamese-American

2) Educational Background: 3.95/4.0 BBA Accounting from top-70 private University in Texas (think Baylor, SMU), Master of Taxation (from same university), expected 720 GMAT

3) Work experience:
I currently work in Corporate Taxation at a major US airline company as a Tax Accountant. I was promoted from an Associate Role to an Accountant role after just one year, and at time of application I will have been working here for two and a half years total. Prior to this job, I worked at PwC in a major city, in Tax for four and a half years, was early-promoted to Senior Associate, and left as a Senior Associate. During my time as Senior at PwC, I led 5-6 teams of 2-3 associates below me on client projects. I will have been in the workforce for a little over 7 years at time of application. I am an individual contributor in my current role and am not managing anyone below - although I have been the official mentor and unofficial manager to three department interns over three different semesters during my tenure here (I assigned/reviewed their work and wrote their reviews).

4) Extracurriculars: In college I participated in marching band all four years, was the leader of a volunteer income tax workstation for low-income individuals and also spearheaded a new program aimed at assisting international students with filing income taxes. My post-grad activities are quite lackluster. Mind you, it'll have been seven years since undergrad. I am involved in a women's group (similar to Junior League) in my current city but not in a leadership capacity for what will be a year and a half at time of application. Hoping to beef up my application in this area and get involved with perhaps more Asian-American organizations in my city. I'm concerned that a sudden uptick in participation will be a red-flag to AdComs nine months out, but something is better than nothing. Advice on strengthening this particular area would be much appreciated.

5) Goals: Switch from role in accounting into management consulting and eventually transition into corporate development with focus on transportation, travel and tourism. This makes sense to me given my current work in the airline industry. I'm trying to move out of tax/accounting and avoid getting pidgeon-holed here.

6) Schools: M7 is my goal but am not sure if my accounting background from tier two school, and lack of EC/Leadership serves as a handicap.

Any advice you guys can provide would be great! Not sure if I'm aiming too high here (ironically self-deprecating given my username) so really curious if M7 is a realistic goal.

Thank you!

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Hi there,

Impressive background! Here are a few thoughts for you:
- you will have more experience than most candidates; as such, it's very important to be clear on why you need an MBA to get to where you want to be. Why do you need that strategy consulting intermediary - could you just go straight to corp dev? They will be asking that question, so make sure you anticipate it and address it.
- focus on explaining the "why" behind your career goals. The more specificity you can provide around what you're passionate about, the better.
- It would certainly be good for you to be involved in more extracurriculars, but the goal is to have leadership experience and how varied interests. So that said, it's better to get involved in something you really care about and can point to (eg. maybe a leadership position in your women's group) versus going out and finding new things. There are also a number of sites that pair skilled volunteers with non-profits for project work (like consulting). That would be perfect for you given your career goal in consulting. Taproot is one; there are several.
- Overall I think you are competitive for the top programs, but you'll want to hedge (like anyone) and have a few reach schools balanced with a few target schools.
- Last piece of advice - go visit the schools this semester :) It's really hard to get a class visit in while you're entrenched in apps in the fall!

Best of luck!

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Meredith
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