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PT v FT at Kellogg or Booth

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I'm 32 and after graduating an OK law school (top 30 but nothing special) I decided to go into finance in an area I had studied significantly in law school (dodd-frank and otc derivatives). Decision not to practice law was largely due to the fact that I would have ended up in commercial litigation, which I didn't enjoy, rather than finance law. Ended up with a BO job with a BB in OTC space, but got promoted in 1 1/2 years to FO--while it was trading, it just was basically reinvesting client collateral and managing some FX exposure, nothing very complex/interesting. Spent a couple years there, earned my CFA charter, and then left that for a risk job at another BB, again in the OTC space. Now thinking about going back to get MBA. Would like to stay in OTC space but hopefully on a good trading desk(would prefer buy-side), but have also heard great things about management consulting and would consider that. From Chicago and have family so thinking Booth or Kellogg. I'm debating between the full time and part time programs. I would prefer the PT, but hear it has a terrible stigma(basically it is for those who couldn't get into FT). I was wondering about my chances at FT as an older candidate and what's the true difference between PT and FT in terms of job prospects.

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-GMAT:770 (49q, 45v)
-UGPA: 3.67 in Econ from an ok flagship state school(3.45 when considering grades from the school I transferred in from)
-Law School GPA: 3.35 from top 30.
-CFA Charter
-Published paper on OTC derivatives regulation
-Volunteer: Just now starting tutoring in an adult literacy program.
-Nothing to add from a diversity point of view (White Male from US)
-Leadership: Only work related. Just developing and taking ownership of different initiatives at work. No direct reports. Letters of rec will emphasize this.
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting! It sounds like it's been an interesting career trajectory for you. I encourage you, for your own best interests, to really research and assess whether the MBA is the ideal next step for you, and to determine what your specific post-MBA immediate goals will be since you are still considering a few options. Overall I wouldn't 100% rule out a shot at the FT program, but yes it will be a lot tougher to get into certainly. There are a lot of differences between the overall experience of PT vs FT of course; FT will be fully immersive, you'll be living/studying/working/traveling etc etc with your classmates, and it will be a deep-dive 2 year experience. For PT you'd be juggling more, but not giving up your income during that time. Sometimes recruitment is different or has slightly fewer opportunities for PT as many PT students have a job lined up or are staying with their company, BUT there are PT career changers too... research the career management and recruiting resources for each school and program option.
I'd say decide what you truly think is right for YOU first of all. If you prefer FT, give it a try, and if it doesn't work you can try for PT then. Or if you prefer PT just go for that right off the bat...you'll still have a Kellogg or Booth MBA even if it's PT! Lots to think about.... good luck to you!
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