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Oxford vs SDA Bocconi [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2013, 00:26
Hi guys,

I just received final offers from those two bschools, and I have roughly two weeks to make up my mind and decide which program to attend next year. Since I am not leaning toward any of the two options, I want to ask your opinion ("which one? why?"), taking into account that:

- I am Italian/29/male
- I would like to develop my post-MBA career in Europe, and it would be even better if that could be Italy
- I lack some relevant work experience (I am an academic)
- My first option in terms of sector would be management consulting, followed by Energy/Tech/Pharma
- My background is BSc+MSc+PhD in Environmental Engineering (Water/Waste/Green Energy/etc) - currently research fellow at an Italian university+some relevant int'l experience
- My GMAT is 690, my TOEFL 113
- A scholarship would be more than welcome, given my career path (very low salary if compared to the private sector)
- I love Oxford and I am sure the year I'd spend there would be awesome - at the same time I know Milan is the right place to be in Italy as an MBA student

To sum up, I am torn between these two programs, for each of them has its strengths and weaknesses. Any kind of help would be very welcome, especially if focused on post-MBA career opportunities. I'll be happy to provide you more detail about my story/ambitions/background/anything else!

Thanks in advance, I really need your help!

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Re: Oxford vs SDA Bocconi [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2013, 04:51
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If you've never studied outside of Italy use your MBA as a chance to do so. In terms of careers have a chat with said's career office to check how they can help you get a job in Italy.

One of the benefits of doing an MBA is widening your world view and network. So studying in a different country sounds ideal.

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Re: Oxford vs SDA Bocconi [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2013, 05:20
Thank you, sarahrs - I've already spent a year in the US and 6 months in the UK (although only for scientific research purposes), so maybe that is not the most important aspect to consider in my case
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Re: Oxford vs SDA Bocconi [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2013, 06:01
I would vote for Said. It's a better school than Bocconi and also the Oxford brand is very strong. I don't know in detail about their placement stats but when I visited Oxford they were carrying out LEK interviews, so 2nd tier firms MC firms definitely recruit there.
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Re: Oxford vs SDA Bocconi [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2014, 06:34
What is your final decision? :)
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Re: Oxford vs SDA Bocconi [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 20:46
If you study at Bocconi, take courses in English. Courses taught in Italian are not as respected
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