What's better for getting into a top tier MBA?

Hello WSO Consulting community,

Looking for your thoughts on exit opportunities. A little about myself: semi-target, late bloomer into finance, decent GPA but struck out in FT recruiting at MM banking.

I have multiple offers from consulting firms, not M/B/B/Deloitte S&O, but middle tier, (CRA/Navigant/Huron/couple accounting firms for Economic Advisory Services) etc. However, also have an offer for middle office finance at a top BB (GS/MS/JPM etc).

Do you think although it's a middle office function, it is more valuable to gain top contacts through networking? My goal is to get into pure financial services, perhaps not IB since I don't want to be working those hours when out of MBA, but perhaps smaller PE shop, HF eventually, or even some MO functions like business development/risk services.

Thanks all.

Comments (6)

Nov 10, 2011

and yes, by top tier I don't mean H/W/S haha. so no flames please.

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Nov 10, 2011

No MO, brah. Stay away from it. It's easier to lateral from FO to FO than MO to FO (even if it's within the same firm). From your list, I would go with CRA.

Nov 10, 2011

Consulting is not my end goal outside of MBA school, though. and the consulting offers I've received aren't as related to financial services as I want to be. so my question is really just what's best to get into MBA cuz from there I think I can take it from there.

Nov 10, 2011

I disagree, there's been many people that have transferred from MO to FO. Especially within the same firm.

MO at a top tier BB > middle-tier consulting. Trust me.

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Nov 11, 2011

differing opinions...can anyone else add insight? thanks.

Nov 11, 2011

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