Is it worth trading 2 years for a semi-target in a financial hub? (LONDON/UK)
Hi, some preface - I am 22 this year, and am only now enrolling for my bachelors. This might seem quite late, but it's the norm for someone from my country, students typically graduate HS a year later compared to UK/US, the tradeoff is that you get some credit exemptions in certain countries and there is mandatory army conscription of 2 years.
I am considering which countries to do my studies in -
Australia, in a top AUS uni, where I can get my degree in 2 years
New Zealand, in a top NZ uni, where I can get my degree in 2 years
UK, in a semi-target, but the degree takes 4 years (3 years + 1 year professional placement); or low semi/non-target in 3 years
Since I am interested in, and the opportunities for such jobs are vastly more abundant in UK (London). I am torn between my choices.
The reason I can get into the top AUS/NZ uni is because their entry requirement is not high, and most people with decent grades can get in, but in the UK its way more competitive and I can only get into a semi-target at best with my grades.
Given my age, which decision would be the better one? I have seen some threads where it's considered pretty old to be over 25 and going into entry roles in IB.
If i go the UK route, I'll be 26-27 by the time my degree is complete. Do you guys think the year of professional placement is worth it, and if I am set on going into an IB role, (anyone with global experience) is it worth it to sacrifice up to 2 years of time to try break into finance in London instead?
Open to all feedback. Thanks!