BS in Computer Science + Masters in Finance for IB/Strategy consulting?

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I am currently finishing a bachelor's degree in comptuer science from an eastern-european country (gpa 8/10, have a silver award (2nd place) on a national high school algorithm competition)

I would like to break to either investment banking or strategy consulting and I am seriously considering doing a MSc in Finance, probably at Imperial College or Cass (other options include, HEC Paris or Bocconi).

Is this a smart idea - will I be able to land an entry-level IB/Strategy consulting job with this background, given that I don't have any experience/internships in this area?

Comments (5)

Jan 9, 2011

Imp is a solid target. Go for it.

Jan 10, 2011

I would do it. I don't see how you could go wrong, frankly.

Jan 11, 2011

Well it could go wrong, if I waste 40K EUR, and not get a job. I heard mixed things about the Tanaka business school (Imperial), I probably could not get into MSc Finance at LSE/Oxbridge.

I think it would be hard to break into finance with a background only in CS, that's why I am considering it, but another option would be to work for maybe 2-3 years for a good consulting company (probably not MBB, but Booz or something similar), and then get an MBA at Oxford/Cambridge (the cost is almost the same as Imperial MSc Finance).

Can anyone think of any other possible paths?

Jan 11, 2011

Well it could go wrong, if I waste 40K EUR, and not get a job. I heard mixed things about the Tanaka business school (Imperial), however I probably could not get into MSc Finance at LSE/Oxbridge.

I think it would be hard to break into finance with a background only in CS, that's why I am considering it, but another option would be to work for maybe 2-3 years for a good consulting company (probably not MBB, but Booz or something similar), and then get an MBA at Oxford/Cambridge (the cost is almost the same as Imperial MSc Finance).

Can anyone think of any other possible paths?

Nov 8, 2011
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Just Do It