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Well, it depends on which other schools you have applied and whether you intend to work in Canada after your MBA. If the other schools are elite/ultra-elite or if you intend to work in Canada after, well, you should pay for it.
No, IMHO, Rotman would not go all the way to HK I-Banking... Even IVEY would be a long shot even though it has an executive program in HK. I think only Chicago would give you a chance to work in HK but even there, it would be hard enough. Remember that many very smart guys from H/S/W are vying for the top IB jobs in HK and unless it makes business sense for them to hire you (you speak local languages and you already have some contacts there), they would hire someone local at a lower cost (especially Shanghai).
The story is somewhat different if you come as an expat with experience. A few years down the road, this would be an easier move.
Hey Paul, sounds like you know something I dont...
Well, I was born in HK, and I've been asking alot of ppl how much a canadian mba would be valued compared to an US mba. Nobody could give me a straight answer, but most agreed that a north american mba should definitely get me somewhere.
I didn't get the impression that the market was saturated with H/S/W mbas all that much. I do speak cantonese and might be able to scrape together a few contacts... I'll have to see....
With regards to Rotman, I bit the bullet and mailed out a bank draft today so I have a spot locked down til July. Now I just have to wait for news from the US schools...
Anyway, I'd love to hear more info about banking / IM in HK if you have any for me
I went to info session of DB in London regarding Asia openings and the MD to whom I spoke told me about the competitiveness in the HK market and how you really had to have some IB (analyst+) or CPA background and speak the local language to break in. Of course, a well-known int'l MBA would help you but you really had to have some prior experience to break in.
Many of the guys there that evening had MBA from Wharton and Harvard although the two MDs I spoke to had INSEAD and Oxford post-grad degrees. What I'm trying to say is that a Rotman MBA would not make you as competitive as those higher ranked MBAs.
In the end, you will perhaps manage to get in but you will have to market yourself harder. Remember that Rotman might also not have many alumni in HK which may make it harder to establish a network.
This is only my opinion from my own experience. You can take it with a pinch of salt.
I think you are right about Rotman. I called their career center and asked about placements in asia, both intern and full time. They said only about 3% get placed in asia and half of them found their own jobs.
Admissions season is not over yet, so we will have to see where this goes. If I do end up going to rotman, I will definitely be pushing for an overseas internship if at all possible...