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New post 09 Mar 2005, 13:45
I plan on applying to B-school in 1-2 years with the goal of breaking into an S&T program at one of the IB's. I currently work in industry and am about to get an promotion into the companies strategic planning & analysis group. I know this will show career progression and greater responsiblitiy on my apps but I was also contacted by a top 10 hedge fund for a position in their derivatives operations group. I know ops is the black label in the financial services industry but since its at a smaller firm I think I could learn alot about the various products being traded. Being that its a prestigious fund its about a one in a million shot to get on a desk there bc they can just pluck the best sell side guys when they have an opening. With my future goal of an mba and a break into S&T what do you think would be the better career move at this point?
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The vast majority of my MBA friends who were interested in S&T didn't have any trouble breaking into the field. Given the fact that you truly know that's what you want to do post-MBA, you should be in great shape, because you'll hustle, network and make the contacts needed. It used to be that S&T didn't necessarily hire a lot of MBAs. Things have changed. Given your financial background, I'd say you'll have a relatively easy time of it post-MBA.

I won't pretend to be a wall street guy, but given the little I do know, I'd be inclined the deriviatives ops group for the reasons you stated. Getting that intimate knowledge of the products, how their structured and how they're positioned would be great experience down the line in S&T, especially given the fact that derivatives are taking an increasing share of the product offerings. Besides getting some hedge fund exposure would be nice too and would potentially expand your opportunities should you want to trade (excuse the pun) in your S&T dreams for HF.

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