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MSc from City University

 
#1 MSc from City University
21/03/2010 13:51

anon

Hello.

I decided to expand my skill-set and I am considering to do an MSc part-time. City Uni offers an interesting new MSc in Project mgt, Finance and Risk, which should be useful for someone who wants to develop a PM focused career. I know City Uni is not Oxbridge or LSE but I would be interested to hear if City Uni has a footprint/share of mind for employers that operate in the Finance sector/Top tier full-service consulting firms.

Many thanks for your input!

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#2 RE: MSc from City University
21/03/2010 14:08

anon to anon (#1)

dunno. why not do prince 2?

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#3 RE: MSc from City University
21/03/2010 22:27

ZB to anon (#1)

I don't think the City brand will hold you back in the finance or consulting field (apart from MBB though), but this also depends on your undergrad degree. The MSc in project management seems, prima facie, to be pointless: project management is an excellent skill to have, but the best project managers tend to be those whom have gained a lot of experience, even had the odd hick-up or two, but it is at its core an 'experienced-based' skill. It's not like finanacial modelling or quantitative analysis, where nerdy, slighly arkward looking newly-minted phDs go sraight to a new job and hit the ground running immediately. Project Management is trail and error, more reactionary at times, more proactive at others and managing to get the best out of people whilst getting what you want out of them. The best ones are those who enjoy it, and are adaptable to different working patterns, different cultures and different abilities.

On you second point, indeed any risk/finance course will be an excellent investment in time and money.

ZB

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#4 RE: MSc from City University
22/03/2010 00:12

anon to anon (#1)

It's an interesting course, but the "project management", "risk", and "finance" are centred on engineering/infrastructure. Although the same terms are also used in management consulting and financial services, the disciplines and specific knowledge are different. Therefore, the course sounds like it would be a better complement to a career with one of the engineering companies who have launched consulting arms (e.g. Arup), than with one of the full-service firms (e.g. Deloitte).

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#5 RE: MSc from City University
22/03/2010 20:11

anon to ZB (#3)

Many thanks for the great input!

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