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I'm a 30 year old Chartered Accountant from India. I have over 7 years of work experience, 3 years in Ernst & Young India, 4 years in a Multinational Oil & Gas Company in Dubai. Now my dilemma, I got admits to three colleges, not sure which one to choose-
1) Simon Rochester, USA (1 year program) - Reputed school in USA, strong in finance, but seems to have poor recruitments due to no big recruiter in the region. Some say the location is a let-down, very cold climate.
2) IE, Spain - Highly ranked, but hear lot of online horror stories of most of the alumni being unemployed. Many say the school is overrated. Does the school have the reputation among recruiters or is the ranking just a marketing gimmick.
3) Cranfield, UK - Low profile, but seems to have good alumni and a strong program. But UK is in bad shape.
Post MBA I'm thinking of staying in USA or Europe for a few years before coming back to Middle East for work. I'm also in the process of earning my US CPA certification. Any advise would be helpful in getting me out of this confusion!!
Hi Confused mind, It is true that Simon (Rochester) has the worse weather out of the three, especially if you don't like the cold. However, in terms of Finance, it is definitely one of the best. If you are planning to do the one year program, you will have to just spend a couple of months with snow, but from my own experience it is a nice experience for a one-winter thing. The school now takes a lot of their students to NY city to network, where most of the recruiters for finance are located.
Since I'm from Portugal, I can tell you that there is quite a bit of unemployment in both Portugal and Spain, especially young graduates. Portuguese and Spanish schools tend to get a good position in the rankings because internally there is a big jump in salaries if you can get a job.
I don't know much about Cranfield, probably like you said, because it has a low profile. UK is also not doing so well.
So overall, I would recommend Simon for two reasons: reputation in finance (which matches your background and interests) and recent efforts by their career services to improve contacts and networking in other places in the US besides Rochester. I hope this helps you decide - good luck!
Re: Simon Vs Cranfield Vs IE
27 Dec 2012, 19:50