I received an offer from EDHEC and will probably get one from both IE and ESADE.
I want to end up working in the industry. Preferably a fund/hedge fund, or an investment bank. Eventually, I would like to fund my own company.
Concerning the workplace, I am not really sure about where I would prefer, maybe the US. Europe would make me able to stay close to my family, though, so it would not be bad either. Among these two, I would go where the best opportunity appears.
- Edhec pros: is 4th in the FT ranking, has a great school philosophy (non-conformism, entrepreneurship...), seems to have increasing success in the job industry (last two job reports showed an upward trend), and very specific
Edhec cons: apart from the MSc in financial Markets, it does not look like it is a top tier BSchool (only 15th EU BSchool in the FT), way greater than average female-to-male ratio (this is not a problem by itself, if I could have almost only ladies in my class I'd be definitely happy, but I think it inflates a little bit the ranking) .
- IE's pros: 90% of the faculty is composed by professional with an impressive CV (I saw a master class in Milan where the teacher used to be the
IE's cons: I don't want to work in Spain/Spanish countries (too bad economy), I cannot find any other cons, maybe you can Spain, and Head of CIB EMEAP region for BBVA) I am quite good at networking so I value this aspect a lot, it is the 3rd MSc Finance and has a great 3-year-after-graduation salary (96000, cash is king in assessing graduates quality I think), has a lot of different and particular electives (such as war finance) which gives me the idea of open-mindedness, ranks greatly in a lot of different rankings
- ESADE pros: looks like it has a nice teaching approach (only 60% of the grade is made by the written exams so it seems like a broader approach), small classes, double degree program (I would like to double-graduate in HSG although I have a low GMAT so it might not be so plausible), it values a lot the candidate potential as a leader and gives lower attention to things such (I am not 100% sure that this is a pro, but even Harvard does not have a GMAT score limit so maybe it is not a bad strategy).
- ESADE cons: only 6th finance program (FT), big fall from last year both in terms of position (from 2nd to 6th) and in terms of salary (does anybody knows why it happened?), instead of learning proper Spanish I would learn Catalan.
Let me know your thoughts about these programs and give grounds to support them, please. I saw too many "given facts" and am a bit skeptical.
Also, if you have questions, feel free to ask. I went through these programs (and others) a lot so I may be helpful, too.
Ah, and sorry for the English. It's late and I'm too tired to polish.