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USC.PM or Kelley [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2012, 14:29
Hello,

I have received admission for the USC.PM (part time) and Kelley full-time programs. I initially applied for the part-time program at USC for financial reasons, after submission I wanted to switch my application to the full-time program but was too late.

I have been in public accounting for 6 years, wanting to transition into corporate finance. I realize full time programs are the way to go if you are switching companies, but am having second thoughts. I ultimately want to stay in CA and from what I hear, regardless of being in the part time program at USC, the network in CA will give me access to more opportunities than Indiana, Kelley would.

Any input would help

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Re: USC.PM or Kelley [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2012, 16:40
No $$ from Kelley either? If that's the case and you KNOW you want to stay in LA, I'd say go with USC part-time. The Trojan Network is strong and I'm sure you'll get some help from your current employer if you do a PT program.
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Re: USC.PM or Kelley [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2012, 11:50
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Hello victoryk, thanks for your question.

I understand the California angle pointing toward USC, but I do think you should consider the differences in what you’ll get from each program. And, do consider the difference b/w the part-time and full-time experiences. I’d reach out to students and alumni of each program.

For instance, does the Finance Club at Kelley place many of its members in corporate finance jobs in southern California? Or, how strong is the Kelley alumni network in your region? Going to school in Indiana may not hurt your job prospects in California as much as you think. And, does the part-time program at USC avail you to the job search resources you’ll need to change careers? How successful are part-time students in changing function? What is the timeframe of the part-time program – how long will it take you to complete your MBA? Does that match with the timeframe of your career goals?

I’m definitely not trying to slant toward either option, rather just advising you do more research to get into the nuts and bolts of what you’ll get from both programs and how those resources match with your specific requirements.

I hope this helps!

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