Got accepted to a T-15 school with 2 years FT experience at matriculation for MBA

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Currently work at F-500 bank in the USA, but accepted to move to my SO in EU and get my MBA at a T-15 school. How much of a disadvantage will it be for me post-MBA? The school is an accelerated program, so only one year without internship opportunity. It is possible to transfer for a trimester to another school for abroad education, but I'm not sure how much that will help. My current stats:

Education: Bsc at a small liberal arts non-target USA (3.5 GPA)
GMAT: 700
Experience: Senior Financial Analyst FP&A (2 promotions) at a F-500 Bank; 2 years of experience

I would like to work PE, and the area I will be is ripe with startups. The school is really the only school in the area that has strong prestige, but the average WE is around 6-8 years vs. my 2. I will be networking and have already started to, but is there anything else I can do to really bolster myself with lower WE?

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Comments (7)

Dec 16, 2018

bcrew13, have you checked out these or run a search:

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Fingers crossed that one of those helps you.

Dec 28, 2018

probably ok but tough. nontarget doesnt help, and you need sponsorship??

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Jan 9, 2019

It places well in Europe, I've already connected with people at like Bain Capital from the school, and they say it places well in London. I do not need a sponsorship as my wife is Swedish.


Dec 28, 2018

Your most straightforward path to PE will be to do IB first. Large banks will have the resources to offer a sponsorship if your goal is to stay in the EU. I don't know what your visa situation will be post-grad, but going to work for a startup in a strategy/finance function could also be a strong resume building step.

Jan 9, 2019

I won't need a sponsorship, which will be an advantage, and I will get a little bit of startup experience as the school does a semester long advisory board with a startup in the city. I am interviewing currently for a IB summer internship at a boutique which may help if I land it.


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Dec 31, 2018

Will be very difficult to get into PE post MBA without:

1) Pre-MBA PE experience
2) H/S/W MBA

Even with both, plenty struggle to get into PE.

I don't know much about the Europe market for PE, but I've heard that it's even tougher than the US market.

With that being said, if you get a chance to live abroad with your SO and get an education that could be a lot of fun. Just don't expect it to place you into a PE role. The best you could hope for is a Post-MBA IB Associate job and hope to do that for a few years before trying to find a non traditional path into PE.

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Jan 9, 2019