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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.
LBS + 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
CBS + 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!
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.
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.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...