What is the best experience/degree for a Corp. Finance job at GM?

Would a MSF degree be better than MAcc?

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Sep 12, 2013

MAcc is almost always going to be better than an MSF from what I've heard (definitely some exceptions, but not as far as corpfin is concerned). MAcc is much more recognizable. Get that + high GPA and you should be golden. It'll definitely help if MAcc is at Mich-Ross or UChicago, somewhere in the region.

Sep 12, 2013

Is it worth spending about two years for the MAcc degree vs. one year for the MSF degree? Would an MBA be better?

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Sep 12, 2013

As far as MBA, you need to get into a top MBA program, or for a school they recruit at (they recruit at MSU and Purdue in addition to the regular top programs). See this list for where their Treasury department actively recruits: http://careers.gm.com/images/pdf/gm_finance_recrui...

And what MAcc are you looking at that's 2 years long? Most of the ones I've seen are 1 year (UMich, UT-Austin for example)

Sep 13, 2013

I am a nonbusiness major. For a MAcc degree, I would need to take business prerequisites, at least at the schools I saw, even though I have taken all of the accounting and finance requirements.

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Sep 13, 2013

If you're in your senior year you have a semester left after this one. Take the prereqs then and over the summer.

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Sep 15, 2013

Gm as in general motors? Or general manager?

Sep 15, 2013

"at GM" implies at General Motors. Or General Mills, but probably Motors.

Sep 16, 2013
D M:

"at GM" implies at General Motors. Or General Mills, but probably Motors.

Seems like a very specific company to gun for, but if that is the case, I think I can actually contribute.

Silent Guardian, by limiting your choices between MAcc and MSF, you are limiting your chances of getting a job at GM. Your best option is to get an MBA at a top 15 school with the M7 + Michigan being the best options. Since those are out of reach for many, your next best option is an MBA from MSU or Purdue. GM recruits MBA's frequently from these 2 schools and these schools are in reach for many more people.

After that, I would probably try to get a job at Chrysler or a tier 1 supplier, work hard, and try to transition to GM.

I know people who have gotten a job at GM, in finance specifically, in these ways. I don't know people who got a job straight at GM straight from a MAcc or MSF.

To answer your question directly OP, I would get an MSF at Purdue since there are a lot of alumni at GM. Then I would try to get a job at GM, Chrysler, and tier 1 suppliers. After that, you can try to transition to GM.

Sep 16, 2013

Just for the record, GM is for General Motors.

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Sep 16, 2013

Sent you a PM.

Sep 23, 2013

I think seeing where they typically hire for NYTO for GM won't be as relevant going forward since they are moving the TO to Detroit. They will need a lot of new hires for the TO because a lot of people came for NY not the work itself. Lots of people will not stick with the location change. Whats more important is displaying intentions to stay in Detroit because of this issue of people jumping ship.

With that said, I think the proximity of the school to Detroit is more important than the degree. Michigan State or UofM gets a lot of attention from GM. The amount of GM employees getting their MBA there would be an added bonus too.

Sep 23, 2013

Don't they pay for the relocation and interview related expenses? If they do, it seems that proximity to Detroit would not be that important.

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Sep 23, 2013