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Just discovered this helpful website; any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!


-Graduated Boston University School of Management ('02) w/ Concentration in Finance. 3.0 GPA.
-Analyst at Thomson Financial for 1 year
-Analyst (promoted to Senior) at a middle-market M&A boutique for 3 years
-Left boutique and spent 1 year teaching English abroad
-Now 28 years old looking for IB position while jobless


-Apply for 2nd-3rd year analyst at BB or Boutique? (Been difficult to get foot back in door...am I too old??)
-Apply for corporate finance job (got offer at Disney...should I take??), get MBA, enter BB or Boutique as an Associate?
-Apply for Big 4 job (currently interviewing at KPMG - Valuation), get MBA, enter BB or Boutique as an Associate?

If I decide to go with one of last two options, how many years before I apply for B-school? Assuming I work for 2 years, and 2 years of b-school...I'll be 32 when applying to IB's...will I be an old fart???

Sorry for long post...I'm sorta frustrated and lost on which path to take...

Comments (13)

  • mack387's picture

    -Analyst (promoted to Senior) at a middle-market M&A boutique for 3 years
    -Left boutique and spent 1 year teaching English abroad

    thats a drastic shift in careers...why didn't you stay at the boutique and tried to get into b school right after?

  • aadpepsi's picture

    It appears you have two really strong options and your plan to work for 2 years and then do B-school is a good one. As long as you stick to the plan, nail that GMAT and get into a top B-school, you will have things lined up nicely.

    That offer at Disney in corporate finance sounds intriguing.

    KPMG - Valuation is also solid experience. I know plenty of folks who have transitioned from KPMG - Valuations to MM or BB IB. Have you already secured an interview?

    Don't fret the age. It doesn't matter. 32 is not old. It's old to the 19 year olds who post here, but in truth it is not.

  • eddie_13's picture

    I went to Asia to teach English, not for $$$ or career path; simply to broaden my horizons. (No, I did find my wife...haha).

    I can't go straight to b-school; I haven't studied for GMAT nor can I afford to take another year off just to study and apply to schools.

    KPMG - Had phone interview. HR said they are trying to schedule me to meet with department this or next. I kinda prefer this opportunity over the Disney one...

    About the Disney offer - it is NOT a business development or strategy offer...it is pretty much a straight up corporate finance gig. Essentially, I'd be working in the Procurement department helping the company save costs, and part of the team that compiles the annual operating plan. I'm not sure if this is what I want to get into, but if it can get me into b-school, should I just tough it out for 2 years and study my ass off for my GMAT's? Also, I have one week to accept the offer...so that's also giving me a headache since I'm trying to explore other options...

    Thanks for all the help!!!

  • gomes3pc's picture

    Well if you stay in Disney and it' s anything like most F500s, then they will be willing to let you move around a bit after working there for 18-24 months. They in fact probably WANT you to do that because you will get a broader knowledge of how the firm operates and where everything on the P&L is derived from. If you did real work at your boutique then I think you won't have much trouble distinguishing yourself at your corpfin group at Disney.

    Do you want to get into corp dev or back into banking? If you want to get back into an ibank then I'd probably take the KPMG job. Any of the Big 4 will help you if you do well there in not only meeting a lot of F500 bigwigs but also getting into a top B-school. And with SarbOx you know that as an auditor you're always going to have a job to fall back on if the i-banking quest fails.

  • aadpepsi's picture

    Well, I can certainly imagine the anxiety you must be feeling.

    Have you told KPMG that you have an outstanding offer from Disney? They might expedite their process if they knew...

    The timeline which Disney gave you of 1 week doesn't really help you explore other options. How long ago was their offer? No chance DIS could give you another two weeks? This is a big decision, call DIS.

    I'd wait on KPMG. It sounds like the opportunity is more in line with your long-term goals and more directly applicable to IB vs. DIS.

    However, you know best your circumstances, i.e. do you need to take a job now (financial pressures) or can you afford to wait.