I am looking for some advice on two points:
1. Open University degrees, the likely reception to them by recruiters, and their relevance to consultancy
2. Applications to business schools
I graduated from Cambridge in 2003 with a 2:2 in Geography, and followed this with a year working at the student's union. I have since worked for a market research organisation, and am now working for a niche consultancy specialising in sales strategy and execution for small software firms. I am also a member of the reserve forces.
With regards Open University degrees, i feel that i underperformed in my first degree - but don't have the resources to set this straight by completion of an MSc/MA. I am numerically strong, but my first degree does not reflect this well. I am considering doing an Open degree - BSc (Hons) - with the Open University, which will allow me to complete courses in quantitative management-related subjects. The benefit of this is that my first degree will count and as such I would only need to complete the equivalent of a third of a degree to be awarded a degree by the OU. Secondly, I am confident that i would also achieve a significantly higher degree class than in my first undergraduate degree. I would like to hear people's thoughts on:
a) How this endeavour might benefit my skills base
b) The reception that OU Open degrees receive from recruiters (especially in the large strategy houses), particularly if they are second degrees
c) The general logic behind my thinking
Bearing in mind the situation above, i do aspire to do an MBA in the future - i have my sights set on LBS / CASS. Based on the information above, what would i need to do to meet the entry requirements for these sorts of institutions?
Thoughts greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!