Career Change into Accounting-- Advice Please?!

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style0000 in Chicago, Illinois

102 months ago

Hey Everyone,

Due to the market climate I looking to transition into public Accounting by leveraging my MBA as the key to my career change. I expect to pass all 4 parts by October 2010. I have no experience in Accounting except for Accounts Payable. However, I am a quick learner & dedicated worker.

My career goal is: work for a small -- mid size CPA firm in Chicago area, gain ~2 years experience and then purchase my own established CPA firm.

I am concerned about how to transition into the field since my undergraduate background / prior work experience is not in this field. I am even willing to work an unpaid internship upon graduation if it may lead to a full-time position. My Undergrad Major GPA is 3.40 / MBA GPA is 3.50.

Anybody here successfully transition?

Any help or networking / leads are appreciated! Thanks!

My background:

B.A. in Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana Chamapaign (2007)

1 year work experience in Real Estate Development from June 2007--July 2008 doing everything from accounts payable & project proformas to market analysis & project administration.

M.B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Chicago June 2010.





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