What corporate jobs could I do with an MBA in finance?

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With a BA in Accounting, experience working as a corporate accountant and financial analyst, CPA license, and MBA in finance from a top 20 ranked program, what are some very realistic careers I could qualify for? Here are my preferences for a job from highest to least: Work-life balance, comfortable for someone who's introverted/quiet, compensation, low stress.

Any thoughts/recommendations?

Comments (14)

May 2, 2015

well, based on the introverted part, I'd rule out Corp dev and potential managerial roles. I am not sure if your introvertedness implies you don't want the decision making pressures and leading calls/presentations.

May 3, 2015

IMO, I'm not interested in leading calls/presentations and having to force myself to being social/talkative.

May 3, 2015

IMO, I'm not interested in leading calls/presentations

yes i am. back off you imbecile.

you know nothing.

May 3, 2015

can you clarify - you already have the mba? what role are you in now?
(honestly trying to be helpful - but hard to gauge what the possible moves are without that info)

May 3, 2015

I'm currently working as a senior accountant at a corporation and I'm thinking about getting an MBA to improve my job prospects and salary potential.

May 3, 2015

Well, tbh, even in MBA programs, you have to do presentations and collaborative work. Most of the "improved" job prospects require you to change some. It is hard to advance in corporate without some soft skills.

I used to be extremely introverted, but I wanted to work in corporate development and strategy, and have more responsibility and understanding of the business. So I changed and started going to more networking events and became more social in my professional life. I am still pretty introverted in my personal life, but I know that to get to a Director, VP, or business unit leader position, I needed to change. I will note that I never get stressed out, require coffee to get through the day or have anxiety, so that helps me.

But, perhaps you can look at controller opportunities, given your background. I do not know the requirements, or even if you have to have an mba. You may be able to switch to a lower middle market company and become their controller.

With your experience, I would definitely reach out to some local headhunters. They can give you more insights, and it sounds like you have at least 2-3 years experience, which many recruit at those levels.

May 14, 2015

I think, you can become a financial manager with an MBA in finance.Basically, financial managers oversee the financial activities and transactions of companies. They oversee cash management and investment activities, create financial procedures, and oversee the budget process.

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May 17, 2015

Accounting managers (and even staying in the accounting track) dealing with month end close, consolidation, audits, financial statement prep, sec filing, doesn't really require as much presentations. Also would move into controller position nicely, more management though.

May 27, 2015

With what you're saying you want to do, your best bet is to forego the MBA and work up to the most senior pre-manager accounting position at an F500. Your pay may some day break $100k in today's dollar value.

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May 27, 2015

I hope whoever threw monkey shit cares to elaborate on why they think it's a shitty post. He wants a 40 hour per week job, he doesn't want to be making presentations and interacting with people a lot, and he wants low stress. A pre-managerial corporate accounting job (or financial analyst) is really what he's looking for. And he may break six figures at some point in his career if that's a concern of his as well.

May 27, 2015

Controller track sounds pretty good -- particularly if you get into cost accounting type work, the assistant controller / controller work will remain fairly technical rather than managerial.

With only 2-3 years of experience you won't likely qualify for a controller opportunities (even at lower MM companies), but you could likely find an assistant controller position that will groom you to take over when the guy/gal ahead of you leaves.

I'd also look at the qualification to get into a company's treasury department. That work remains fairly technical (handling capital structure issues, researching accounting issues, keeping up with the firm's portfolio of derivatives, etc.) with limited presentations (maybe once per quarter to the controller or CFO if you are in a big firm), and the hours / stress are minimal.

Jul 9, 2015

you already have the mba?

Jul 9, 2015

You could look at some Fed reserve, SEC, IRS etc. opportunities. They might be the right fit of pay and hours. Still think you'd have to work on not wanting to make presentations, etc. That is a pretty basic job of the "Boss" (which hopefully you want to be long term) from what I have seen. Big 4 fits your profile but not your wants. State government might fit as well. I don't see any corporate jobs giving you the pay and hours though. If you don't take responsibility, then you will stay low on the totem poll. If you do, you'll move up and it will require more hours.

Jul 9, 2015