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Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 14:18
Hi all, I realize that I'm in a quite enviable bind, but I'm asking for your advice on my decision.

Short-term goal: Management Consulting (targeting MBB)

Long-term goal: Strategy at a Tech or Retail company

A bit about my background: 7 years w/e in audit and consulting, living in NYC. I plan to work in the US, likely NYC, following my MBA.

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+ Truly global experience in London
+ Many opportunities to travel and meet people from different backgrounds and cultures
+ Based on my budgeting, LBS would amount to be approximately $20k less expensive over the two year period
- Placement stronger in UK/EU. May be more difficult, but not impossible, to obtain internship/ft offer in US (preferred)
- Alumni network stronger in UK/EU than US
- Potential visa / logistical hurdles, but this is the price you pay to live abroad

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+ NYC Factor. Interviews / recruiting are a subway ride away, at worst
+ Places more students in MBB as well as in NYC
+ Lifetime alumni network is very strong in NYC
- I have been in NYC my entire career to-date, looking for a new experience

I understand it is a highly personal choice, but any thoughts are appreciated. I am willing to work a bit harder in recruiting to have the opportunity to live in London, but am wary of shooting myself in the foot!
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Re: Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 15:08
Have you reached out to current students/alumni to ask about recruiting?

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Re: Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 20:31
"I plan to work in the US, likely NYC, following my MBA."

Easy choice, mate. Head to CBS.
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Re: Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 00:50
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"I plan to work in the US, likely NYC, following my MBA."

Easy choice, mate. Head to CBS.



Exactly, this is one of the easier "which school to attend" choices
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Re: Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 07:09
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Have you reached out to current students/alumni to ask about recruiting?

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I have and received mixed responses. What I have learned is that recruiting for US jobs is possible but more difficult, not many people do it, and it requires being a self-starter as recruiters that come on campus as well as career services are focused on London and the surrounding markets.
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Re: Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 08:50
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CBS - easy stuff. No one is saying that one can't get a job at MBB in New York from LBS, but why choose the school that requires you to be a "self starter", going beyond the recruiters that are on campus to get a job? That just doesn't make sense. Moreover, why have most of your network in Europe if you plan to be in the US long-term?

Go to Columbia. A two-year vacation to London sounds awesome, but imagine if you can't get a job in the US and that two-year stint turns into five. Might not be what you want. Stay in NYC, and if the location is getting to you, recruit for a different office - lot's of good US cities. Plus, can always do projects in London, or take your second job there if you're still interested.
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Re: Columbia vs LBS [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2014, 07:00
Thanks all for your feedback.
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