Any advice for a Canadian?

Hi everyone,

Like a lot of people, I am interested in getting into Investment Banking. I am one of those who are doing the career change thing. Some background: 23 years old, from Canada (Toronto), zero banking experience. I completed my undergraduate degree at McGill University in Microbiology and Immunology (Bsc). I have realized that neither lab research nor medicine is the path for me.

Wrote the GMAT a while ago and applied to some schools, all in Canada. I have been accepted into the following MBA programs: Ivey, Rotman, Schulich, Queens, and Desautels.

IB is what I ideally would like to break into. I have been doing research and talking to people and keep hearing mix things regarding each of these schools and IB. Is it true that Ivey opens more doors to the IB world than say, Schulich or Queens? Schulich seems to be consistently ranked high, but peers have told me that Schulich would not provide as many opportunities as Ivey would for IB. Can someone comment on these schools and whether or not one provides more of an advantage than another for breaking into IB? Maybe it doesn't even matter? Again, I have zero banking experience at this point; no internships, nothing.

I am hoping someone can help me out or provide some advice or point me into a better direction. I am sure you guys are sick of these posts but any input into this would be greatly appreciated. Also, if this is posted in the wrong section, please let me know!

Thanks,

Comments (9)

Jun 26, 2012

Choose between Ivey and Rotman for IB. In your case I would actually recommend Rotman since it is a 2 year program and you need a finance internship during the summer in order to be competitive for FT.

Jun 26, 2012
J_monkey:

Choose between Ivey and Rotman for IB. In your case I would actually recommend Rotman since it is a 2 year program and you need a finance internship during the summer in order to be competitive for FT.

I second this, Rotman and Ivey are the best MBA schools but Rotman may have you an edge since its in Toronto and you could do internships as well.

Jun 26, 2012

Have you considered not being Canadian anymore?

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Jun 27, 2012

I'd opt for the 2 year Rotman program hommie

Jun 27, 2012

Rotman, period. Also, holla at ya from McGill! haha, I was majoring in biol before switching to econ and finance :)

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Jun 27, 2012

Keep your stick on the ice and drive to the front fo the net hard........

Jun 27, 2012

Here is a thread from 2010 that I found helpful: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ivey-queens-rotman-...

I'm applying for the 2013 in-take. Could you give me a summary of your profile: gmat score, work-exp, anything that set you apart, etc.? Do you mind if I PM you with a few questions about the application process?

Jun 27, 2012

Rotman or Ivey, the rest are all jokes. I would suggest Rotman though, just from my experience a lot of Rotman MBA's land in IB versus Ivey for consulting.

Jun 27, 2012
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