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Would you get a Second Degree or a Masters if..... [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 10:04
Hypothetically, assume this scenario was yours, what would you do?

You got your undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2005. You degree was a BSBA with the major of Marketing. Your job experience up till this point has been very spotty(part time management and sales). You had a 2.75 GPA in college, and didn't intern anywhere. You're networking base is very good though.

Currently, you work in retail banking at a very reputable bank with the ability to move to the investment side of this company down the road in a few years.

Should you try and attain a second under graduate degree in Finance or Accounting at the University of Central Florida, as you have many of the pre-reqs for one of these degrees?

Or should you wait and go for a Masters, either in Finance, Accounting, or an MBA down the road. Accounting being almost impossible with your work experience and undergraduate degree. Finance being difficult because you've waiting 7 years to go for a graduate degree. And an MBA difficult because of your lousy GPA and spotty job record.

Certainly things aren't optimal where you are, but you want to make the right choices going forward. You are looking to rebrand yourself and break into the financial industry sooner than later. What would you do? Thanks
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Re: Would you get a Second Degree or a Masters if..... [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 05:28
go to France. if I would have an opportunity to study abroad, I wouldn't think even for a moment!
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Re: Would you get a Second Degree or a Masters if..... [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 06:23
bullgator2000 wrote:
Hypothetically, assume this scenario was yours, what would you do?

You got your undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2005. You degree was a BSBA with the major of Marketing. Your job experience up till this point has been very spotty(part time management and sales). You had a 2.75 GPA in college, and didn't intern anywhere. You're networking base is very good though.

Currently, you work in retail banking at a very reputable bank with the ability to move to the investment side of this company down the road in a few years.

Should you try and attain a second under graduate degree in Finance or Accounting at the University of Central Florida, as you have many of the pre-reqs for one of these degrees?

Or should you wait and go for a Masters, either in Finance, Accounting, or an MBA down the road. Accounting being almost impossible with your work experience and undergraduate degree. Finance being difficult because you've waiting 7 years to go for a graduate degree. And an MBA difficult because of your lousy GPA and spotty job record.

Certainly things aren't optimal where you are, but you want to make the right choices going forward. You are looking to rebrand yourself and break into the financial industry sooner than later. What would you do? Thanks


See if you can talk to Randy Anderson, a finance professor at UCF. I had him as a guest lecturer in Kansas City about 7 months ago, and this guy is the real deal. Used to run a JV with Blackstone before he sold it to them that was doing something like $400 million in deals every month. If I was in that area, I would try to hook this guy as a mentor and follow his advice to the letter.
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Re: Would you get a Second Degree or a Masters if..... [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 10:53
bullgator2000 wrote:
Hypothetically, assume this scenario was yours, what would you do?

You got your undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2005. You degree was a BSBA with the major of Marketing. Your job experience up till this point has been very spotty(part time management and sales). You had a 2.75 GPA in college, and didn't intern anywhere. You're networking base is very good though.

Currently, you work in retail banking at a very reputable bank with the ability to move to the investment side of this company down the road in a few years.

Should you try and attain a second under graduate degree in Finance or Accounting at the University of Central Florida, as you have many of the pre-reqs for one of these degrees?

Or should you wait and go for a Masters, either in Finance, Accounting, or an MBA down the road. Accounting being almost impossible with your work experience and undergraduate degree. Finance being difficult because you've waiting 7 years to go for a graduate degree. And an MBA difficult because of your lousy GPA and spotty job record.

Certainly things aren't optimal where you are, but you want to make the right choices going forward. You are looking to rebrand yourself and break into the financial industry sooner than later. What would you do? Thanks


If that was me, I think I should try going for MBA. I believe there are still some schools out there that can give you opportunities to still study but of course you might need some personal consultancies that can help you through the hassle of MBA applications. I've heard from my brother one site which is mbaqandaDOTcom and he said that the guys there were very helpful. You might also want to try checking on this site in the future.

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Re: Would you get a Second Degree or a Masters if..... [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 11:04
I can honestly say I am in a very similar position; undergraduated in marketing last year and then founded my own business, now thinking about getting an Msc in general Management.

I'm 23 YO so that might change the equation for you a little bit, but I thought about committing myself to a second undergrad degree and realized that would drain years out of my life: I do not think I can endure it.

Also I'm in Europe, and here it's actually common to do: Undergrad+Master instead of Undergrad+Experience+MBA.

If you have the chance, evaluate if an Msc might work out for you. There are some who accept experienced students (less than 3 years usually, less than 1 the top schools)
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Re: Would you get a Second Degree or a Masters if..... [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 22:59
well done man !!!
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