finish MBA full time or get 1st year analyst position?

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Ladies and Gents,

I am finishing up the second half of my MBA at Georgia State University. Its obviously not a top school but I believe my connections along with the higher education will help me progress within a small Atlanta Firm.

Do you guys think it would be better to focus 100%on the MBA and finish it in the next year or should I try and take one or two classes while I work as a first and second year analyst?

I am leaning towards finishing the MBA first but I know that I will still start as an analyst for at least a year if not more.

thanks for your comments!

Comments (5)

Jul 25, 2007

Of course finish your MBA. Whether you end up in banking, who the hell cares. You'll find 'happiness' either way.

Jul 25, 2007

If you can get an analyst spot at a top IBD, I say go for that. You'll make enough money there that you could always go back and finish your MBA. However, if you are going to take time off just to search and not already have an opportunity lined up, then just finish the MBA and then go on your job search.

Jul 25, 2007

well, here is the deal. I'm half way through with the MBA. Like I said its not from a "great" school. So, is it possible to take a class per semester while working as an analyst at a small firm?

and, if I just finish the mba how much will it matter when looking for a job with no Ibanking experience?

Jul 25, 2007

1) Go to school part time and work full time. Best of both worlds.

Unfortunately because you're not from a top school, it will be harder, hence the "work experience" leverage you would have to use while working and going to school.

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Jul 25, 2007