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JD or MBA?

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New answer on Dec 16, 2019
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Anonymous A asked on Dec 13, 2019

I am a final year student doing BSc Economics, I understand my current profile is not sufficient to get into any of the MBB but I am in it for the long haul. Wondering whether to do a JD or work for a few years then do an MBA would best prepare me to get into MBB.

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Luca
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replied on Dec 13, 2019
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Hello,

MBA is definitely better to increase you chance of getting an offer from MBB. A good alternative would be to enter a tier2 firm and work there for a couple of years.
Are you sure that your profile is not sufficient? Feel free to send me your cv and we can talk about it.

Best,
Luca

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Anonymous A on Dec 13, 2019

Other factors concerning are the fact that MBB sponsors MBA and the way MBB designs their strategies is quite different from other consultancy firms. I am worried that it might affect my chances of getting into MBB.

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Antonello
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replied on Dec 13, 2019
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Hi,
I would try to apply to all the MBB and tier 2 firms if you are driven to consulting.

As a back-up plan, you can consider to take a master or build a strong CV by joining a Fortune 500.

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Antonello

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Francesco
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Hi Anonymous,

I would recommend the following strategy:

  • Apply to MBB with a referral – I helped candidates who got invited even with very low GPA thanks to a strong referral
  • If that doesn’t work, apply to Tier 2 and reapply to MBB after 1-2 years or after an MBA
  • If that also doesn’t work, apply for a strategy role in a major brand (or IB if minimally interesting for you) and reapply after 1-2 years or after an MBA

I don’t see reasons to do a JD, unless you are extremely interested in that and are considering related career paths as an option.

Best,

Francesco

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Clara
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replied on Dec 16, 2019
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Hello!

For sure an MBA would help you but, why not applying right now?

You have nothing to loose, and for sure the learning on the process -even if it´s not successful- will be super helpful!

Hope it helps. Cheers,

Clara

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Vlad
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replied on Dec 14, 2019
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Hi,

Why don't you apply to MBB right now? If you fail you'll have a second chance at MBA? (Even 2 chances if you include the internship)

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Deniz
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Hi,

MBA at a target school will help you build your profile. You can apply to MBB during your MBA (ideally via a referral, which may increase your chances).

Best,

Deniz

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