LBS or China + CFA? What's your opinion?
I am facing the greatest dilemma of my life and I would really appreciate your inputs.
Here's my situation: I just graduated with distinction from a top Canadian university with a finance major. Like many people, I got caught by the crisis this fall, and I was not able to secure a full-time position. My interest lies in Consulting, but I also looked at I-Banking jobs. I now want to reposition myself to attack the job market next fall, and I am left with two alternatives:
1 - I have been offered a spot in the Masters in Management Programme (1-year MSc.) at London Business School. It is the first year this program will be running, and I would have to finance it on my own.
2 - I have been offered a full scholarship by the Chinese government to study mandarine as part of a non-degree program in Beijing, China (probably at Tsinghua University), for 1 year. I would take advantage of this year to complete my CFA levels I and II.
To be honnest, I can't determine which one of those experiences would add the more value to my curriculum. I know that I can get a lot from both those experience if I am disciplined, and I am thrilled by both of them.
Considering that I want to land a FT in either consulting or IB (I'm truly interested in both those fields so I'm not closing the door to anything), what's your perspective on that choice?
I'm desperately looking for opinions and advices so I would appreciate your inputs.