Help me on this one (VC to get into IBD) MSF to Analyst or MBA to Associate?

Could use the forums help on this one:

I'm a 1st analyst at a small VC fund. I'm working ~60-70hrs/week, getting paid peanuts and not learning much. I can't simply change jobs and apply to IBD because I'm international and my visa will expire in January -- meaning I'll have to go back to my country...  so here's my options:

Right now I have the opportunity to start a Masters in Finance in January at an ok-but-non-target school in the US. I'm an alumni there so I can get a GMAT waiver because my gpa is ok and potential partial scholarship too. I'd graduate in 12 months at age 26 with a 3-year work visa from that, and do my best to have a job in IBD lined up, but still at the analyst level (I assume?).

OR

I could go back to my country in Jan, apply to an MBA (at a target/ top 15 programs) and then do the conventional 2-year MBA-to-Associate process graduating at age 28. But that would mean studying for the GMAT, getting a 720+ and paying $150-200K tuition + having to essentially leave all my friends and life here for about 8 months (until August next year when MBA would start).

note: the VC fund also said they'll hire me remote from my country so I'd be working until the MBA.

Thanks in advance!

Comments (3)

Jun 21, 2022 - 9:54pm
imstoked, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oh should have mentioned that the VC fund already said they will hire me remotely from my country so I'd add up about 22 months of exp by august next year.

Jun 23, 2022 - 5:59am
[email protected], what's your opinion? Comment below:

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