I am 28 year old, never been to college. Right after school I joined my fathers business steel manufacturing company in Bangladesh where I have worked for 10 years now. He made me work hard, 10-12 hrs a day. Now it is time for my father to retire (sell the business) and time for me to move on with my life.
I have been granted admission at University of Buckingham ( 2 year fast track degree
) and I have few choices to make.
Ideally I want to pursue a career in Trading on stock Market. I have been reading the Financial newspapers and watching Bloomberg in my spare time and I like to invest small amount ($5,000) in shares, stocks, gold etc and have been growing at an average of 13% since 2002.
If I am unable to break into trading than I would my second and third preference will be IB and Management Consulting respectively.
I would also like to follow a CFA route.
I understand that University of Buckingham may not be a target school for investment banks yet but I could do a Masters degree in Finance from a Target School.
The choices I have to make are
1) A&F or Business Economics
This is a link to Business Economics page of UB
I prefer Business Economics but A&F is a more safe bet in terms of job prospects. I do not want to go back to Bangladesh I want to work in the UK or EU for the next 10-15 years.
Also only 4 subjects are different between A&F and Business Economics. 4 hard core Accounting courses like Auditing are replaces by microeconomics etc.
2) Is two year degree sufficient to learn and understand undergraduate level Business economics?
Note that the curriculum is same as any 3 year degree but here at UB they do not have 3+1 month holiday instead they hold a semester in that time.
It has been ranked among top 20 since past 3-4 years now. I
It has tutorial type teaching with much more contact hours with the faculty, the faculty is in general very well qualified
Will universities outside UK have trouble understanding the two year degree?
3) Is college level accounting more about crunching and Economics more about understanding?
I am good at understanding concepts but I find it hard to mug them.
4) Is it possible to get into Ox-bridge/ LSE/HEC (Msc Finance/Financial Economics) after graduating with a first class degree and a good gmat score?
5) Will I be too old to get into trading even after MSc Finance from a Target School?
Please make suggestions, send links, point out errors in my plan and help me make a choices.