Master Finance Vs Full Time Job

Hello everybody.

I need some advice for an important choice I will have to make in the near future. I found a job that really interest me and I am not sure if I should take it or leave it to pursue a master.

let me give you some information about my situation. The job is basically an analyst position at a venture building firm, the only big one in Italy, where I am currently based. The master I am planning to pursue is a MSc Finance at a top university in London.

As for my background, I hold a BSc in finance from a good Italian uni (not bocconi though), I got 1 internship (3 months) in audit at a Big 4 and 2 internships (9 months) in private equity (which is very unusual given I don't know anybody who worked in private equity before doing a master here).

I initially though I wanted to work in private equity in Milan in the long run, thus the idea of doing a master. But after my second internship, I decided to change career, one that allowed me to have a little more free time. 

This job seems to be great: activities are very similar to venture capital (valuation, fundraising, management of portfolio companies). Also, doing a master is very expensive and salaries in Italy are lower compared to the UK. Nevertheless, I am worried that not having a master could potentially damage my career in the future.

Any thoughts?

Thank you

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Jan 10, 2022 - 10:30am

Take my comment with a grain of salt because I haven't upfront experienced any of this, it's mainly anecdotal on other threads I've seen on this site.There's a handful of people here who have discussed their regret having not gotten an Masters and their career stagnated on account of positions, whether it was a promotion or lateral, required a Masters.My two cents, especially since you mentioned you could go to a top Master program, is that you should do it. That combined with rich experience already under your belt gives you more potential for growth in corporate finance.

PSU Student. Goes to non-target disregard what he says.
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Jan 10, 2022 - 10:48am

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