Originally Posted by kxk
I do wonder, though, whether IBs will be ok with associates who start in their "early to mid 30s".
Originally Posted by alliswell
Can you get the job you want w/o b-school? Otherwise think smaller finance school (e.g. NYU), as you're getting to be a little old for bulge bracket IB, where the number one skill is being able to work 22 hours a day for long stretches. Not saying you cna't do that, but that's the first thing your team will think.
This is something I have considered and am concerned about. I'm currently working in a non-financial center city and would love the chance to work in a major financial center like new york but it appears as though an mba is the standard to have a shot at an associate position at bb.
I'd apply to a position directly; however, I think one thing which works against me is the fact that I'm a Canadian who did his undergrad at a Canadian business school and have Canadian post grad credentials which they probably have never heard of (Chartered Accountant, and currently working on a Chartered Business Valuation designation...which is similar to the ASA in the US). I think this adds a level of uncertainty to me as a candidate and I also don't have the shine and prestige of a MBA.
I've met ppl who've got my background get into BB, but they typically have a high end mba (harvard, chicago, NYU, etc).
To be honest, I should be in b-school right now but ended up getting delayd for some personal reasons including having to go through reconstructive spine surgery and also the passing of a family member. I wasn't in the right mind frame to charge ahead.
I really love my current job, and to be honest have no issues with landing a mid-marking CF job, or coming back to Canada and working with a Canadian bank. I'm willing to roll the dice a little bit and don't see the MBA as a gaurantee but as:
- Increase my chances of BB, Mid-Market CF, or Buyside
- Progression at current firm
- Brush up skill sets/knowledge that've gotten rusty since undergrad
- Personal satisfication