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I am a junior at a semi-target/target (public ivy) that has a top 10 undergraduate business program and a top 20 MBA program that is great in finance. As summer analyst recruiting ramps up, I'm wondering what kind of disadvantage you are facing for top business schools (top 5/10) coming from a well known MM versus a BB. Will it be a lot more difficult to land the elite business schools coming from a MM or will IB in NYC at a recognizable firm put you far ahead of the competition already? Additionally, would being in a really strong group help your chances or do business schools not know or care enough about the industry for this to matter?

Thanks for any and all input.

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  • SECfinance's picture

    To be honest you're putting the cart before the horse here. The job market is tough right now and no undergrad student is in a position to be excluding a company from their job/interview search because it might put them at a disadvantage when it comes to applying for an MBA at least three years from now. Being unemployed kills your MBA chances, not working at a MM vs. a BB.

    When you have offers from both is when you think about stuff like this, and yes more often than not people will go with the BB because of stronger name recognition/network. Right now you should be focusing on putting as many high quality applications out there as possible, studying hard for finals, and practicing your interviews.

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    FutureAnalyst's picture

    SECfinance:

    When you have offers from both is when you think about stuff like this, and yes more often than not people will go with the BB because of stronger name recognition/network. Right now you should be focusing on putting as many high quality applications out there as possible, studying hard for finals, and practicing your interviews.

    Definitely agreed with the above. I know more than a few people (all from semi-target undergrads) who did stints at well-known MM shops and have gone on to HBS and then respectable PE stints. Much of it has to do with the quality of the work experience you get, your undergraduate background, what organizations/activities you devote your time to outside of work, and the GMAT.

  • Chinouk35's picture

    Thanks for the advice. I was actually asking because I have been fortunate enough to land an offer at a well known MM where I loved the culture and the people. I just wanted to know if taking an internship and hopefully job there would seriously hurt my chances of making it to at a top tier business school. Thanks again.

  • In reply to FutureAnalyst
    CompBanker's picture

    FutureAnalyst:
    SECfinance:

    When you have offers from both is when you think about stuff like this, and yes more often than not people will go with the BB because of stronger name recognition/network. Right now you should be focusing on putting as many high quality applications out there as possible, studying hard for finals, and practicing your interviews.

    Definitely agreed with the above. I know more than a few people (all from semi-target undergrads) who did stints at well-known MM shops and have gone on to HBS and then respectable PE stints. Much of it has to do with the quality of the work experience you get, your undergraduate background, what organizations/activities you devote your time to outside of work, and the GMAT.


    I completely agree with this. Most of the people I know in the industry worked at respectable MM shops. They all ended up at HBS / Stanford / Wharton / Booth / Kellogg.

    CompBanker

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