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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.