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Hi- I've been accepted to both Wharton and LBS. Super exciting, but also a tough choice. No $$ from either.

I'm interested in marketing/product roles in big tech after MBA, and ideally want to work in London for a few years after graduation before coming back to the US. I'm torn because London offices of tech companies don't traditionally recruit at Wharton, whereas LBS offers a clear path to London jobs. But thinking more long term, Wharton holds a lot more weight in the US, whereas LBS doesn't seem to have much recognition.

I went to an Ivy undergrad and already have a strong network in the US. LBS is the more exciting option (I've always wanted to live in London), but Wharton has the superior resources, network, and brand. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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I will always go with Wharton, why would anyone not want ivy tag, if money isn't an issue.
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Congrats on your admits!!

For me it’s definitely Wharton, as you want to finally settle in USA, Wharton outweighs LBS in many aspects.

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Congratulations! Wharton is a pretty amazing opportunity in terms of recruiting into tech on the west coast - they are doing a lot! Unfortunately the schools are not really peers but I understand the London focus and that's great. I would say that this is your one opportunity to do something different and be outside of the US/travel/etc because then loan payments kick in, family, mortgage, kids, and you are toast at the point. You won't be able to take much time off until you are 50+. At the same time you need to really figure out how much London matters to you. I know most people who are graduating after 2 years of poverty and not having a job, are pretty fed up with a student lifestyle and all of that romance and want to get into a solid job that allow them to get a good footing and help start paying off their loans.... few are thinking of a hiatus in Europe.

As to LBS - yes, strong in London but has a bit of a limited/unknown name in the US. I feel the biggest unknown will be the ease of employable with the work permit after graduation. I have not seen any indicators that it would be tightening and I believe LBS is Tier 4 in the UK which provides a lot more freedom with recruiting. I would just double-check on that. If your goal is to be in London, then LBS is the good option. My cousin is going there in the Fall and that was his first choice (he did not have Wharton offer though, only a WL at Darden). At the same time, the caliber of students and the size of the program, employers that come on campus, class choices, are far superior to what you will find at LBS. How to value that? Not sure.... but it would be much harder to get a Work Permit in the UK with a Wharton diploma than LBS and the company hiring you would need to jump some hoops.
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I'm a Wharton MBA and did a semester at LBS via an exchange program between the schools. Both are fantastic in their own right (for the reasons already cited by others replying to this post). The choice really does come down to 1) how important it is for you to work in London post-MBA 2) where you intend to build your career long-term. If you are planning on returning to the US long-term (i.e., have no intention of staying in the UK/Europe forever), Wharton will give you the leverage in the US that LBS won't. Take it from someone who has moved around a lot. Different degrees carry different weight/leverage depending on where you are. So it's important to factor in your long-term plans in choosing the right school for you.
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Wow. I could not have imagined a better suited person to respond to this decision. Thank you for finding this discussion and weighing in!

How was your impression of LBS vs Wharton? What stuck out? I am taking LBS more international? How was the overall feel about recruiting? Campus recruiting?

What attracted you in particular to LBS? What motivated you to do a semester abroad? (I did mine at HKUST and still not sure if it was the right move :lol: ).


PS. Sorry for all the questions but I don’t want to lose this opportunity :thumbup:


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I'm a Wharton MBA and did a semester at LBS via an exchange program between the schools. Both are fantastic in their own right (for the reasons already cited by others replying to this post). The choice really does come down to 1) how important it is for you to work in London post-MBA 2) where you intend to build your career long-term. If you are planning on returning to the US long-term (i.e., have no intention of staying in the UK/Europe forever), Wharton will give you the leverage in the US that LBS won't. Take it from someone who has moved around a lot. Different degrees carry different weight/leverage depending on where you are. So it's important to factor in your long-term plans in choosing the right school for you.


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Like you say, LBS was (and is) wildly international in a way that you can't expect at US MBA programs. So I do understand how that is a draw for many US-based admits who have never lived/studied/worked abroad. Sitting in a classroom at LBS, and moreover, living in London (which rivals New York in terms of diversity, opportunities, and social scene), is a unique and valuable experience on its own. Classroom debates at LBS truly reflect the diverse experiences of students. But again, if coming back to the US long-term, Wharton may be the safer bet. I chose to attend Wharton for this very reason (over European schools), and did the one semester exchange to get a taste of the LBS experience without losing sight of long-term prospects in North America. Attending a school that has a strong hold among employers in that geography matters. I would choose a European school if staying in Europe long-term, and a US school if your long-term plans are in the US or other markets. There's too much to cover in one post, but that's my high-level take.
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Thanks! Appreciate the high level overview.

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