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Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)

 
#1 Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
07/08/2013 09:39

EG

Dear chaps,

Thanks to your responses, this forum is an ocean of worthwhile advice. I am asking for one on relevant education other than MBA that can put me on one of these tracks:

a) Strategy (either in industry or strategy consulting)

b) Private Equity

c) M&A

d) IPO

After 5 years in Accenture operational consulting and 2 years of in-house consulting in energy sector, it is my objective to direct to one of those areas. From those four I have only a small stint of experience on strategy.

Are there any courses / part-time study programmes / conferences or even volunteering you would advise me to undertake that can get me ready for a job?

You can advise the best MBA for each of those, but I am primarily interested in programmes other than MBA.

Your advice much appreciated! Many thanks indeed!

EG.

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#2 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
07/08/2013 12:19

DylanMC to EG (#1)

I'd look at a CFA for M&A's. What do you want to do in a PE firm? You need to be more clear.

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#3 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
09/08/2013 22:40

EG to DylanMC (#2)

What options are there within Private Equity?

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#4 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
10/08/2013 09:10

Dan! Dan! Dan! to EG (#3)

Dear all, I want to work in Private Equity... So much so, that I don't need/care to know what one can do in Private Equity.

I don't mean to have a go at EG in particular. It just never ceases to amaze me how many people want to work in the above-mentioned areas, just because.

I want to work in M&A/ECM/PE

Why?

Because you can make a lot of money

You can make more in a successful 9-5 sales job

Ok, because it's prestigious

Prestigious with a view to what?

I don't know, just prestigious.

You'll quickly get over the 'thrill' of it (also referred to as 'fast-paced' and 'intellectually challenging'), which you'll realise actually means you're someone's bitch, at their 24hr beck and call. And none of your mates, unless they're all M&A wannabes working in middle/back office (possibly earning almost as much, if they're good at their jobs), will be partcularly impressed.

I think what people want is 'safety', I.e. you'll earn good money as long as the party lasts, and when it's over, you'll be employable. But I guess they'd prefer to think they're 'prestigious', rather than 'safe'.

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#5 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
11/08/2013 07:37

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to Dan! Dan! Dan! (#4)

Don't forget to claim that you are "perfectly suited to it" despite having a near-irrelevant background and experience, too. That's what they usually say. I'm not talking about EG here by the way, just generally what people say.

Also don't forget to say you have been "considering it for a very long time and this is not a spur of the moment decision". By which you mean about a week.

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#6 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
11/08/2013 21:24

I to EG (#1)

I think the Masters in Finance programme at LBS or INSEAD will suit you best as you have 5 yrs experience and want to focus on finance. You can study part-time too.

CFA will NOT help.

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#7 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
12/08/2013 09:58

DylanMC to I (#6)

I, care to elaborate on why a Master's in Finance opposed to CFA? I'm curious as the cost difference between the two is gargantuan.

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#8 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
15/08/2013 16:25

I to DylanMC (#7)

I'm curious as the cost difference between the two is gargantuan.

CFA has become a standard qualification in finance. If you apply to M&A/PE then the CFA will not be a differentiator.

A Masters in Finance program at INSEAD/LBS will give you an excellent network: Your classmates will be bankers (Directors and VPs), hedge fund managers, asset managers etc. Your interviewer may well have studied at either of these schools if you are applying to firms based in Asia/EU. And almost everyone I have met who studied at these schools loved the experience, loved the school. They (INSEAD/LBS alums) would think of you as part of the 'family' if you studied in the same school as them.

Plus top financial services firms will come to these school to hire. They know LBS and INSEAD are selective and so won't just throw your CV into the bin. They will surely interview you. Where as a CFA with no financial services experience will almost certainly get his/her CV binned without interview.

A lot of MBA's/Mif's still end up getting the CFA qualification but that's mainly for career progression. An MBA/Mif qualification helps you get into the Goldman Sachs/Fidelity Investments/ BlackRock if that's what you want.

In finance, like other professions its not what you know, but who you know!

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#9 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
01/09/2013 12:58

EG to I (#8)

Thanks guys for sharing your views.

I understand INSEAD and LSB can provide the most regarded knowledge, network as well as a resonating mark on the CV.

Do you think a 5-day executive course on M&A with one of these institutions at the cost of 7000GBP can realistically help to divert a career into this area? Or would it be just a waste of money unless I decide to take on entire Masters or MBA programme?

Thanks.

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#10 RE: Strategy / PE / M&A / IPO education (other than MBA)
02/09/2013 10:26

I to EG (#9)

I think a 5-day executive course will be a waste. But if your employer is paying for it then go ahead, you have nothing to lose!

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