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Schools: Cambridge (rej w/o int) LBS (rej w/o int) Oxford (admit)
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2011, 05:40
Just to add:- ntenzer is our SAB president.

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hey all, long-time visitor (pre-MBA), first-time poster (in MBA program). . .

I am currently a student within the MBA program at Oxford Said and would be happy to answer any questions you might have and to support your decision process. As I went through the application process on both sides of the Atlantic and had to make some difficult decisions, I might be able to provide some perspective. Congratulations to all admitted during the first round and good luck to all those applying. Happy holidays from sunny (believe it or not, it has been exceptional these last three months!) Oxford, cheers!
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 02:17
Applying to JBS in R-3 & SBS in R-2 with following profile

GMAT-> 660: 48Q / 32V AWA: 5/6
WE (by Aug-Sept'12): 7yrs
Area of WE: Research, Consulting & Advisory
Nationality: Indian
Education: Undergrad (Civil Engineering) from Top Engineering School in India, Double Masters and Masters in Management from US
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 22:42
Alums, Any idea about how career changing non european oxbridge grads. are faring in the job market this year?
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 02:19
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I think you will find that official stats won't come out for some time because the convention is to report job offer acceptances three months after graduation. I can't speak for Oxford. In Cambridge, students complete their studies in September, and the Examination Board approves their degree in October, and we poll the students in February the next year. It does take a while to gather all the data so the destination report is only ready in April or May.

At this point in time, I do see many non-EU students getting employment within the UK or in Europe. Some of them are career switchers, eg we have one student who moved from banking in Eastern Europe to consulting in the UK; another who moved from pharma sales in Latin America to consulting in the UK; an Asian who worked in the US in consumer banking and then moved to a consulting role here. Someone from Oceania in oil and gas who then moved to consulting.

The bottom line is that career switches are being made even for non-EU students. However, you should not think that an MBA automatically confers the ability to move between careers. A lot will depend on your own ability, how hard you want to work in terms of networking, and also your own experience.

Given the expense of an MBA, you should also think of it as opening an international career rather than just one centred around the UK or Europe. In fact, I know of several non-EU students who turned down job offers in the UK so that they could take up a job in China for example.

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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 04:41
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Given the expense of an MBA, you should also think of it as opening an international career rather than just one centred around the UK or Europe. In fact, I know of several non-EU students who turned down job offers in the UK so that they could take up a job in China for example.

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Thanks for the response. Although as a prospective career changer looking to enter Investment banking / VC/ PE in London, I am more inclined about situation in the UK job market for non EU nationals, since understandably there is no match for a developed financial market like London's except for maybe NY or Hong Kong.
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Re: Oxbridge 2011 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 10:07
@Anasthaesium,

Apologies, not a current alum, but currently working with Career Services quite a bit in my current capacity. Unfortunately, I do not have current statistics either on banking or investment professions at my fingertips. While I would have to get more insights on your career objectives beyond VC/PE/IB, I agree with your focus and think it's the right approach. Given your proximity to London, and to your point its role in financial markets, you certainly have an advantage with networking. Certainly do not limit your perspective or scope, but I think as was mentioned earlier, if you are diligent, you should find success.

At either school, I would recommend leveraging the college and university networks as well as the business school networks just given the breadth and depth - you are paying for the entire university, you might as well leverage it your advantage. Also, make it a point to have frequent informal informational interviews with peer alums in your focus area (you would be amazed how productive a few coffees in Canary Wharf can be!). Also, not sure about Cambridge, but I know Oxford is working with its alums and career center to develop more structured pre-MBA internship support, which can be extremely helpful as you pursue post-grad full-time opportunities.

Based on your profile there at left, it says you are interested in entrepreneurship and finance. To those ends, I would recommend you take a look at the additional opportunities located around the schools. I know that given the strength of the science/medical program at Oxford, there are quite a few venture capital and private equity firms located right in and around Oxford which focus on commercializing new technologies and discoveries - it makes for very exciting work and can often lead to full-time positions. On a final note, I would review the curriculum at each school, in addition to the extra-curricular opportunities, I know Oxford has a term-length Entrepreneurship Project as a required class where you conceptualize a business idea, assess feasibility and then present to venture capital investors. This can give you additional credibility as you discuss positions with alumni and other potential employers.

I hope this proves helpful, and of course, you are more than welcome to PM me, cheers!
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