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Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required?

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Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2010, 19:18
I was speaking to a friend of mine about my MBA application process and he indicated that he was also considering making the same move and was wondering what type of program would be best suited to him since he'd be looking to switch careers from advertising (account manager) to management consulting. Since my personal evaluation prior to applications didn't involve such drastic changes, I didn't factor that into my school selection and was wondering if you guys could help me provide him with some sage advice.

He's currently got two years work experience with a marketing firm where he's the account manager for several clients (as far as I understand his work anyhow) and would like to change career paths/industries. He's a very smart guy with a strong GMAT (780) and a strong GPA (don't know exact numbers) so the number side of things shouldn't be a problem, but he's worried his limited work experience (just under 3 years by matriculation) and his desire to drastically change his career may hold him back. To be honest he's not even sure how one goes about making such a significant change.

Basically he's wondering if a 2-year program is a necessity. Would he be able to facilitate that career change in an intensive 1-year program like INSEAD's or would he need to take the more traditional 2-year route. He's most interested in remaining here in Canada where two of our top programs are intensive 1-year programs while two others are of more traditional length. But, he's also not ruling out the possibility of study in Europe or the US.

Anyway, I plan on directing him here the next time we speak but figure I'd open the floor to you folks first for some advice. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2010, 20:57
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I think the reason why people always suggest 2-year program is because there's an internship in the middle. If this is the case, then INSEAD's January intake with a chance for a summer internship would work as well.
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Re: Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required? [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 04:07
Yeah that makes a lot of sense that the internship would be the main draw for career/industry switchers. But even with an internship (especially in the middle) does that give enough time to successfully position oneself for a career change through networking/classwork etc.?
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Re: Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required? [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 06:57
There is a chance of landing in one.
but MC is very difficult to land. If he want MC in corporate finance, his chances would be more if he completes CFA-1.
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Re: Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required? [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 07:02
and if he want to go IB then internship and CFA-1 would be more better and could land u in 1.
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Re: Career & Industry change -- 2-year program required? [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 19:31
Thanks for the responses, anyone else have any insight?
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