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Hi everyone! I was fortunate enough to be admitted into Booth and Tuck. The two programs are very different and there are elements of both that I really love. In terms of my goals - although I've talked about VC in my essays, I'm going into b-school with a very open mind. Not only do I realize how competitive VC roles are, I also want to give myself a chance to see if there are any other career paths I might be interested in. So in terms of career goals, the school I would lean towards would be the one that provides the most optionality.
In addition to career "optionality", the other major factors I want to take into consideration are long-term brand value (globally speaking - I'm not an American citizen) and a highly communal MBA experience that fosters long-lasting relationships. My research and conversations so far have led me to believe that Booth wins on the career optionality and long-term brand value (again, globally speaking) fronts but Tuck wins hands down in terms of offering a communal MBA experience.
I know I have to make this decision based on which aspect of the MBA experience I value most, but I wanted to use this poll as another data point I can take into consideration when making the decision. I also wanted to get your thoughts on the following questions:
1) Are the assumptions I've made on career optionality, long-term brand value and the communal experience largely accurate? I request readers not to take any offense to the basic inferences I've drawn so far from my research and conversations.
2) Assuming no scholarship money from either program, which one would you choose and why??
Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me think through this decision.
What other career options are you considering besides VC? Do you want to stay in the US after graduation (if so, any location preferences?) or do you wish to return to your home country (where are you from?)? _________________
I am only researching schools at the moment but I will throw in my thoughts. If you are unsure about what you want to do, a core curriculum could useful for figuring it out. Booth's flexible curriculum may make that it a bit tougher? _________________
What other career options are you considering besides VC? Do you want to stay in the US after graduation (if so, any location preferences?) or do you wish to return to your home country (where are you from?)?
aerien, I'm open to a range of fields including general management, business development, product management and possibly management consulting. I plan to stick around in the US (Northeast) after graduating, but do intend to move back to India after a few years - hence the concern about long-term brand value.
I am only researching schools at the moment but I will throw in my thoughts. If you are unsure about what you want to do, a core curriculum could useful for figuring it out. Booth's flexible curriculum may make that it a bit tougher?
That's a valid point, domotron, but I do have some experience in business studies during my undergraduate years. So I think I should be able to handle a flexible curriculum.