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Simon Vs Cranfield Vs IE

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Simon Vs Cranfield Vs IE [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 23:35

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!!

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Re: Simon Vs Cranfield Vs IE [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 00:16
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First of all, congratulations! Three admits is mighty sweet.

I think that the points you pointed out about all schools are pretty much what I am hearing too. But it's really hard to tell from the outside sometimes exactly what is happening on the ground for real (for example the IE thing). And well, you may not like this, but the best way to find out is to GO. I think it's worth your while to figure out if it's right for you. (or if you can't visit all three, which I can understand is a bit much, at the one top preference you are leading towards). Otherwise, I don't see that there's a hands down easy answer.. I mean, who am I to decide whether you should live in Spain, England, or Rochester??? Know what I mean?

If you can't visit, try at least to get in touch with some alumni, maybe not through "official" channels, so that you can also hear the negative side of the story too.

Hope this helps a bit, and keep in mind that many would be envious of your dilemma!

Best of luck!
and I would be very happy to here some counter thoughts from you, or your final decision.

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