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Chicago or UCLA(full ride)

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I've been admitted to UCLA with a merit fellowship (basically free tuition) and Chicago Booth.

My goals are to work at a tech company like Apple or Google in a business development or strategy role. Does Chicago give me any advantage here? Does the top 5 ranking and brand really have any weight outside of Finance jobs?

Originally posted by john4l on 25 Mar 2015, 18:17.
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john4l wrote:
I've been admitted to UCLA with a merit fellowship (basically free tuition) and Chicago Booth.

My goals are to work at a tech company like Apple or Google in a business development or strategy role. Does Chicago give me any advantage here? Does the top 5 ranking and brand really have any weight outside of Finance jobs?

Hi!
no brainer choose UCLA.
It is on west coast where Apple and Google reside and $$$ makes this choice much easier for you!
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john4l wrote:
I've been admitted to UCLA with a merit fellowship (basically free tuition) and Chicago Booth.

My goals are to work at a tech company like Apple or Google in a business development or strategy role. Does Chicago give me any advantage here? Does the top 5 ranking and brand really have any weight outside of Finance jobs?



congrats,

Actually based on your needs and full tuition, UCLA will be your destination. Also, no burden after graduation.

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Congrats!

I would check the employment reports for both schools and see which ones send more to companies like Apple and Google. Also, talk to current students to get a sense of how difficult it is to get an internship/jobs with one of these companies. What I mean by that is get a sense for how popular these paths are in each school -- for all you know UCLA may send (hypothetically) more students there because they have 3x more students applying (making it more competitive).

Finally, see where you fit best. A full ride is an incredible accomplishment and really difficult to turn down, but make sure that the school is a place where you feel you belong and can contribute.
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I am facing this choice with different scholarship values. First of all, contact booth and ask if they can do anything to reduce the differential between the two. They'll probably say no, but they give out a lot of money, so they might give you some money.

Second, take a careful look through the employment reports of each schools. Working Business development or corporate strategy at a place like Google or Apple is a pretty high end gig. While Booth and UCLA do send about equal amounts of their students to tech, you shouldn't just look at the companies they go into but the roles they get:

http://www.topmba.com/jobs/getting-mba- ... ey-haas-qa

I did some research and it seems that most UCLA students get not business development but product development and marketing roles at a place like google. I haven't done the same linkedIn search on Booth, but given how many of its students go into MBB, I would imagine that they can also get into those choice strategy and business development positions within tech companies easier.

Do some research and talk to people at these schools - perhaps at the technology clubs at both schools. This is what I am currently doing.

Berkeley vs Booth would be a whole different matter.
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I'd go with UCLA. You can use all the money you are saving to fly up to SF 1-2x per month to network with tech firms of all sizes and still come out way ahead.
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New post 28 Mar 2015, 18:08
I would say that friends in these roles got there primarily because of their mgmt consulting experience. That is the only common thing shared among them, since not all have an MBA. Biz dev particularly difficult to crack into without experience in the sector.
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