Undergrad in finance from Bocconi and worked in luxury for 2 years. Want to switch to corporate finance or consulting. What master's should I do? Should I take the CFA?
Got a 7200 on the GMAT and was aiming for a few MiMs. I messed up my undergrad grades tbh and imperial and Warwick told me they won't consider me because of my grades. Had offers from Durham andand Msc management consultancy from UCD. Haven't applied to other schools but last year had admits from ie, Esade, Ivey, escp, etc. I don't want to aim for continental euro schools because I suffered a lot after bocconi due to companies not being able to sponsor my work . I was in the final round for a few places like Allianz, Zurich etc but they ghosted me and the startups that I interviewed at told me that they would love to hire me but they couldn't sponsor my visa. I was working in Milan and I came back to my country during Covid and couldn't go back due to an expired visa.
Anyway, I don't want the same thing to happen to me again. I don't really know what to do. It feels like I have failed at 25 because all my friends are doing way better than me. I am not really interested in investment banking tbh but was wondering if I should take the CFA. I want to target brand management, strategy, corporate finance or management consultancy tbh. I am learning R, Python etc and have undertaken a few certificates revolving around data science. I do enjoy modeling and have had to present ato the BD departments of LVMH etc. Anyway what do you guys think? I was leaning towards UCD due to the lax post study work visa rules in Ireland. Will a big 4 be in reach after the program?
Should I leave all this, undertake a master's in accounting and sit for something like the CMA or ACCA or do something employable like Msc in data analytics or business analytics?