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EconGirl, I think it's time you use the best decision making tool I've ever heard of.
Grab a quarter. Let's call Stern tails and Duke heads. Now toss your coin.
QUICK! What did you hope for? Before the coin even hit your palm, what were you hoping to see? Heads or tails? Let your gut tell you.
LOL - I know, I need to relax a bit. My gut is telling me Duke but everyone in my life (fam., friends, coworkers) is telling me NYU. I think that with my post I was hoping to get convinced one way or the other by maybe learning of some aspect I have not considered before.
jchip, I think you are right and a degree in econ. would also be applicable for these types of jobs. I opted for an MBA to keep my options open and because while i feel I have a good grip on econ. theory and methodologies, I really do want to learn accounting, finance, marketing etc.
Why do you think that a degree from NYU would carry more weight at these institutions? Is it because people associate it with NYU's better program in econ?
I think NYU's strength in econ wil carry some weight in these institutions. NYU has an older and more established Econ program. Out here in Asia, NYU is much better known. The institutions you are targeting are rather bureaucratic and I'm not sure how their HR departments will view up and coming schools like Duke.
Make no mistake, I'm not slamming Duke here. I'm applying to both schools and I would be happy if accepted to either one. I just believe that going to NYU will get you farther if you're thinking of working in Intl Dev.
I don't want to be mean but the multilateral institutions you are targeting might not be the best place to work for post-MBA.
The survey from Vault on IFC/WB reveal that intra-company politics are very strong. From what I hear from my friends here in the Phil. govt., politics are very strong in here or in Washington.
One survey was very revealing, "if you want to do a lot of *ss kissing, go to WB..."
My LT plan is to go back and work for the Phil. govt. However, post-MBA I need to make my money so that I can walk away from my job anytime--my boss calls this f*ck you money. This way, you can tell anyone to f*ck off and walk away if they are asking you to do something unethical.
I think it would be better for you to join an IB that is interested in the BRIC countries. Work with the IB for a few years then transition to a multilateral after you make your money.
When it comes to MBA general reputation, both schools are firmly in the elite cluster. Duke has a stronger rep. as an undergrad insititution, but NYU is at least as strong for many programs at the graduate/professional level.
I would place more emphasis on location than reputation. Based on my clearly limited knowledge of your interests, NY seems a more logical place to me than NC but others are welcome to differ on this point.
I share the view that an MBA is not your only pathway for success. Indeed, JHU, Columbia's MIA, and Harvard's KSG all seem to be viable alternatives.
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