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ISB vs Rice ($$$)

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New post 14 Mar 2017, 13:43
I have got admitted in both ISB and Rice (80% Scholl). I unable to decide between the two and would appreciate your quick support.

I am Indian, 32+ and my 7+ work years experience is from the Middle East in construction/real estate sector.

Post MBA , my safe bet is to work in the same industry in a higher professional role. However I am open to changing into any industry offering me to do something innovative. Lastly, I am open to get into consultancy preferably at MBB or second tier.

Short term I am fine working anywhere, preferably internationally. However long term I would like to come back to the Middle East and work.

These are the pros and cons that I consider:

ISB Pros:

1. One year Program. Get back to career fast.
2. Local market Employ-ability very strong with large opportunities.
3. Way higher ranked in FT ranking.
4. Less costs.
5. Broad networking for Indian Market
6. Placements of Indian offices of MBB and Tier 2 Consulting strong.
7. Visiting faculty and exchange program from/with Elite Schools (Wharton, Kellog etc)

ISB Cons:

1. One Year program would be too fast to network properly.
2. Small percentage of International opportunities (Do not know how good they are in the Middle East/ Gulf region)
3. Post MBA remuneration far less compared to US schools.
4. Do not know how good ISB placement and package is for students who are 30+.
5. No Internship.
6. Do not know how good they are with the career shifts that I am looking at.


Rice Pros:

1. 2 year program giving ample opportunities to learn and network.
2. Internship.
3. Post MBA remuneration good.
4. Slightly better known in Middle East but only in the energy sector.
5. International/diverse exposure during class.

Rice Cons:

1. Job uncertainty. H1B Visa not guaranteed.
2. Way below in FT rankings.
3. Do not know whether its brand is better than ISB worldwide.
4. Do not know how MBB and second tier consulting placement is.
5. Though scholarship but higher costs and expenses.

Looking forward to the feedback.
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New post 14 Mar 2017, 19:21
Congratulations.
If you want work in US then you should take Rice, moreover the scholarship is generous.
If you want stay in India then ISB is the best option.

Good luck :D
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New post 14 Mar 2017, 22:46
First congrats for making it to both programs.

If you wish to work in US, then Rice is a clear winner. Having said that, recruiting in MBB or even in your current industry may be challenging from Rice. But Rice will give you more time to think about career and better exposure.

ISB is a really strong brand in India. ISB also has good number of Alums working across Asia and Middle East. Hence in terms of brand in Middle East I would rate both equally. Having said that, I think ISB is an emerging brand in the emerging world hence I would choose ISB if in long-term you wish to work in Middle-East/Asia.

Rice will make sense if you are willing to (and manage to) work in US at least for a couple of years post-MBA. That'll be a gr8 addition in your overall profile.

Since you are at this experience level I would say consider personal factors as well. In my experience of talking to people in mid-career, at times it's personal/family reasons that kinda direct there choice of school/career. So may be you can consider other personal/family reasons and see if there's a preference between the two?

I think you've PMed me as well? Feel free to drop me a msg at my contact and we can have a discussion sometime :-D
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New post 15 Mar 2017, 20:03
I feel like ISB makes a bit more sense for you given your interest in international work post-MBA. Rice would be a nice option if you had stronger interest in working in the US but does not seem to address your career goals as well as ISB
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