I came across this forum whilst doing some research into consulting, and would appreciate people's thoughts on my situation. I currently work in the Third Sector for a large charity, and have been involved in the sector since in completed my studies, 8 years ago.
I am involved at the management end and heavily involved in the education sphere, including some trans-atlantic work. However, I am looking at changing careers as the Third Sector is a very difficult place to get any sense of stability, plus my interests lay more and more within the business and management arena.
I have been fortunate to secure a Training Contract for Accountacy with one of the Big 4, starting September 2012, by which time I will be 32. My current employer is aware of this and really wants to keep me on for another couple of years, due to specific information/knowledge that I have that no-one else in the organisation currently has. They have therefore agreed to fund me to do an MBA if I stay with them past September 2012 - it's all legit and in writing. A lot of people work in the private sector and then go and work in charities - I am trying to do it the other way around.
Basically, I was attracted to accountancy by the professional qualification and the exposure to business, as well as the other career paths that an ACA can open up for you, including into Consultancy from what I have been told.
However, whilst I know what an MBA can do, I am not too sure if it will make me stand out more against other people, as compared to the ACA. Will an MBA really help me to get employment as a Consultant, or should I do the ACA first and then try and move across.
My MBA would not be at somewhere like LBS, but am looking at Cranfield etc, if I get accepted.
Appreciate people's thoughts.