I discovered this forum not very long ago and have been very impressed by people's knowledge and perspectives in the discussions.
I have just got admitted to London Business School and Oxford for the MBA programme starting Autumn 2011. Now I am trying to decide which offer to take. I find it is a tough decision as each programme has its pros and cons. For example, LBS has a better reputation in the business world, but the 2 year programme is a significant investment in both time and money. The Said Business School of Oxford is relatively new, but it is only one year and the Oxbridge brand carries a lot of weight in many countries in the world.
My background is female, 6 years experience in civil engineering (4 years technial & 2 years project management). I have lived in the UK for 6 years but will be interested in finding a job in both the UK and Asia-Parcific upon graduation.
After the MBA study, I would like to come back to the construction industry and work as a consultant or a project/business manager. However I would also like to explore infrastructure investment related roles in management consultancies or banks (for example, working on micro finance or project finance). One thing appealing about the two year programme at LBS is the possibility to explore other industries/professions. From your knowledge and experience, do you think it is realistic for me to think about a career switch considering my age and background? What do you think of the reputation of LBS comparing to Oxford?
Also I am a little worried that I may get bored in LBS as it is a much smaller community and very business focused, comparing to Oxford.
I need to put the deposit down pretty soon. Lot of money for a poor engineer like me!
Any advice is much appreciated!