Masters @ Oxford vs Starting @ BlackRock

Hi all

Briefly, I'm stuck at a Decision Point at the end of my undergrad.

I have been offered a full-time job starting next year with BlackRock's alternative investments team in New York. At the same time, I have also been offered a Rhodes Scholarship to study a masters in economics at the University of Oxford.

Which would you choose?
I am interested to hear the pros and cons from this community's perspective and to start a discussion to help me think about this holistically.

The way I see it, by pursuing the masters:
- Great networking opportunity
- Arguably once in a lifetime opportunity

But also:
- 2 years not earning job income
- Worries about not being able to get back into NY finance scene and may have to start my career in London (Is that undesirable in your opinion?)
- Essentially missing two years of work-related "politics" and experiences

Please respect that this is a very serious question to me.

Thank you!

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Comments (12)

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:23pm

Hey man,

I think it depends on your background. If you're coming from a target school, I'd take the BlackRock opportunity, if not oxford and a summer associate gig.

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Nov 11, 2017 - 9:42pm

Not sure what weight Rhode scholarships hold in the USA but its a big deal here in Australia with our last 2 prime ministers being Rhode scholars. Go the Rhode Scholarship, once in a lifetime opportunity and you get a great network.

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:48pm

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