Hi everyone! I'm a CPA and have 3 years of experience working with a Big 4 firm as an Audit Associate and eventually Senior Associate in the past year. I'm now looking to get into an elite B school and get an MBA specialising in Strategy/Consulting and eventually get into a Strategy consulting role post my MBA. (I've got a 720+ GMAT and hoping to improve a bit more by taking it a second time)
I was wondering if anyone here has experience following this particular path of CPA+Strategy consulting or can tell me if they know strategy consultants with accounting backgrounds in general. I'm aware that normally CPAs opt for/ Accounting Consulting roles pre or post MBA but I'd really like to switch into something lighter on accounting, and strategy consulting seems to be an interesting route to follow. I'm wondering if my accounting background experience will infact help me in this career or be counter productive and get me stuck with monotonous accounting heavy projects?
I've done some research and found that Strategy majors at B schools are encouraged to have a technical specialisation before opting for Strategy as their major so it seemed that an accounting professional degree would come in handy.
Also, my second dilemma is if opting for Strategy + Finance specialisation may be more helpful than just Strategy/Consulting in an MBA? This keeping in mind ofcourse the CPA degree I already hold.
Thank you all in advance, I'd appreciate all the help I can get right now :)