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New post 07 Sep 2005, 09:52
Here's my background:

Female 28 years old, Permanent Resident (Eastern Europe native)
Graduated in '99 with BSBA degree (major Finance) from a top U.S. school (Washington University) (GPA around 3.7/4.0) (internship in Germany)
Worked for an Investment Bank for 2 years; then worked for a company in a finance department (M&A) for 4 years (ongoing)
I've been thinking about MBA but I'm not sure exactly what I want to do post-MBA. I believe I need the degree because I want to stay competitive in case I want to switch jobs or in case I need to take a break to start a family (something all women have to think of). I don't really want to do M&A any more but I like finance/valuations. I know I don't want to do marketing (not a type A personality). I think I could benefit from more accounting classes but I don't want to just do accounting.
Should I go part time or full time? What schools should I consider? How can I explore different professional paths?
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New post 12 Sep 2005, 09:55
Is continuing to work at your present company an option, if you don't get an MBA? Or do you even want to stay at your company (if you can get out of M&A)? That's probably the first question I would ask.

If you want to stay, then consider part-time programs wherever you are located (I'm not sure where you are). If you want to switch careers (or at least switch companies, or maybe move to a new place), then go full-time. It sounds like you still want to do finance, even if it's not M&A, so I'd recommend looking at the strongest finance-related schools: Wharton, Columbia, Chicago, Stern. Also consider a lesser-known school such as Indiana or Rochester.

I'm not sure what else to tell you in terms of deciding what you want to do, other than ordering brochures from these schools and seeing where their grads tend to end up. That might giv you some career ideas.



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