I posted here few years back as a CPA who was hoping to get admitted by an M7 b-school. Fortunately, I was admitted this year to 3 out of 4 schools that I applied to. (Admitted at: Wharton, Columbia, Booth l Rejected by: HBS), thus definitely possible for accountants to do well in the admission process. If you have any general questions on the process, don't hesitate to ask.
I chose Wharton as it was the only school out of the 4 where I felt like at home when I visited, and developed strong connections with current and admitted students. My initial target careers out of MBA were Management Consulting or I-Banking. However, I grew stronger interest for hedge funds or asset management companies recently and thinking to go that route instead.
I had a few questions that I was hoping someone would be able to assist me with in order to make myself prepared before the August 2019 MBA entry:
- What majors will prepare me best for the career in HF or AM? I am thinking about Finance and Statistics, but let me know if the majors even matter at top schools.
- What is a typical Post-MBA title at a Hedge Fund or AM for someone who is able to sneak in without prior experience, for the career track to eventually become a PM? I know it is hard to get without prior exp., but still doable.
- How much value do HF and AM place on networking with them outside of b-school (i.e., emails, calls, visits, coffee chats close to their office)?
- What are some top firms that might be more open to hiring people without prior HF or AM backgrounds?