I don’t have a cs degree, but have worked in the industry for the past 8 years. Has anyone gone back to school for a masters or mba? And if so what benefit did it bring them?

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I have worked in consulting for three years, worked in industry for 3 years prior to that, and have an MBA. I have the opportunity to move to a top 4 firm. What should I ask for in regards to potential promotion and/or salary bump? I don’t want to short change myself as this would be a promotion year for me at my current firm, however I find this conversations so uncomfortable. I currently make 90k base, and think I am underpaid as I am consistently put into stretch roles. Thanks for reading!

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AMA: a bit bored and want to give back. former SC at D with M7 MBA. Currently a PM - computational math undergrad. Anything goes for the next 24 hours. Please no referral requests as we're in a pseudo hiring freeze (esp within my org).

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Are there possibly any top MBA programs that currently do not require GMAT? 2 YoE, 4.0 undergrad GPA from top state uni. Any that possibly offer a waiver? I understand that I don’t have a lot of YoE but just trying to see what my options are.

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I'm 35, have 2 kids and at least 2 years away from Senior Manager. No debt. Really want to pursue an MBA. I want to afford myself the opportunity to move up in banking to a D/MD role. Is it worth it??

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Post M7 MBA with ~1 year of experience at T2 consulting firm and ~6 years of WE total. Looking to transition to VC and have some leads through M7 contacts, what position / salary should I set my expectations at?

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Has anyone considered going into tech sales (B2B enterprise / software sales) out of an M7 MBA? I know it’s an unusual path but curious if there’s any recruiting at all for it

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Anybody study the CMA? Can I buy old cheap 2015 books and get away with it? Figure the content never changes

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Anyone have the AZ-900 Certification? If so, how long did you prep? Exam difficulty?

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How long did it take to receive your official CISA certification after you applied?

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When is it ‘too early’ to add ‘MBA candidate’ / add the school you will he attending to your LinkedIn/resume ? I’ll be doing part time program starting next spring and am looking for a new role. Think it may help me land a stretch role, and also want recruiters to see it if they run searches, but don’t want to be obnoxious about it.

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What can I do to get the AWS cloud practitioner cert in the next 4 hours ?

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I think I want to leave consulting to pursue an MBA/MFA with goals of ultimately wanting to be an editor at a fashion magazine. Is this a nuts idea? Given the current climate should I wait it out longer or start prepping?

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Do you think an MBA or MSC is worth the investment for people in tech looking to get to Director/C-Suite positions in their career?

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I swear depression and studying for the CPA exam go hand-in-hand.

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Currently on H1B (backlogged country), is it worth investing further in an MBA from the US given the visa situation or should I be looking at b-schools outside of US? Please advise & also suggest good b-schools outside of US. (INSEAD being one)

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Hey Desi 🐠! Has anyone tried the EB1 route by working in Canada for a year at the Manager level and coming back to the US on L1. I’m a Deloitte M on H1B, with Canadian PR. Been in the US for 12 years, MBA from a Top 10 B-School. Sharing to see if this suffices for an EB1 filing.

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Starting my MBA soon, and the class Slack is overwhelming. People are organizing networking hangouts, alumni panels, community service, etc. The calls I’ve been on have felt a bit tryhard. I’m burnt out from work and don’t really want to engage until the fall. That said, I also can’t help but feel I’ll be at a disadvantage if I don’t. Thoughts?

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Have any other firms ended or suspended their MBA sponsorships due to COVID?

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Does anyone know if any of MBB made offers to all MBA interns this year?

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5 years in consulting, promoted every 1.5 years, recognized top performer in my firm. Specialized in life sciences consulting (background in psychology + MBA) and wondering if there’s anything else I can do other than work for big Pharma or biotech? Feeling very limited in exit opps as recruiters seem to want to hire for LS consulting or Pharma only.

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Is Stern worth the money? NYC is a pretty expensive place to live...looking at big tech strat roles or coming back to consulting post-mba. Thanks in advance

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Anyone have a test bank for the Azure 900 cert or have any recommendations on how to pass it asap. Also looking into AWS cloud practitioner

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Anyone from Kellogg's 1 year MBA. Need some guidance?

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Been with McKinsey for an year now in post MBA role (Associate). Thinking about exiting to tech. Any recommendations on recruiters/headhunters that I can reach out to?

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I'm an incoming cyber risk analyst at D. As my start date got pushed, I enrolled in a part-time masters in cybersecurity at NYU. Does having an MS vs. certs have more value? (excluding CISSP/OSCP) or is it vice versa? Also, does having a MS help expedite promotion route?

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How much mba debt did you have and how long did it take to pay off?

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I want to do an exit to a cannabis start up pre-MBA. How is that perceived during recruiting if I want to come back to consulting?

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Big 4 Tax applying for MBA. End goal is to break into management consulting. Thoughts? Is it feasible?

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Have done several CDDs and growth strategy cases. Goal is to join a MF PE like Bain cap down the line. Better to try for a MM fund pre mba>m7>MF “senior” associate, or just go straight to m7 (hopefully) and then a more junior post mba associate role (if these exist)? Would like to avoid IB, or at worst a mba IB internship.

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What are the types post-MBA roles at FAANG and other tech companies? Are chances at these roles limited if pre-mba work is ERP implementation?

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Thoughts on Stanford online MBA - lean? I’ve a scholarship from Wharton for the MDP but some have said lean is better. TIA!

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Saw the thread earlier about SAT scores: Will putting your GMAT score on your resume help you get opportunities pre-MBA? On one hand a good score demonstrates that you’re smart, but on the other it shows that you’re MBA-bound very soon, so on the fence on whether to list it or not.

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How do you all think about allocating space to different work experiences in resume. 2 years at MBB post mba and 5 years in finance and tech prior to mba. I currently have 60-70% work experience section devoted to my work post MBA and the rest prior to MBA even. Does that seem reasonable? Just got into recruiting game and trying to understand best practices

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For post-mba, is associate or engagement manager the best level to exit?

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Hey fellow vets, In my second year post-MBA at a strategy focused firm (DD and strategic road mapping; we do up to post-merger integration but very little straight ops work) and starting to look at exit opps. I would like to get P&L responsibility as soon as I can, but not sure what the right exit is for that. Should I be focusing on corporate strategy at medium to large orgs that can parlay into GM, or look at something else? Ultimately I want to be an operating partner in PE or C-suite

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I didn’t go to a target school. Are these online courses offered by HBS, Wharton, etc that offer a cert even respected? I see them advertise like crazy - just wondering if anyone has any experience with them, and if they return any value?

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Thoughts on INSEAD MBA? It looks like it is a really good programme. More on the ability to get a job back in the US? Also thoughts on other European MBAs (London Business School, Cambridge)?

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Started for FREE at a small PE shop in Toronto Feb 2020 as associate intern (Post MBA). Now, I'm stuck here as no jobs are available. Just filling up my resume. Will this be worth it ? Have MBA + CFA

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Started for FREE at a small PE shop in Toronto Feb 2020 as associate intern (Post MBA). Now, I'm stuck here as no jobs are available. Just filling up my resume. Will this be worth it ? Have MBA + CFA

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At this point all I care about is salary what would result in your opinion most money •CFP •CPA •prestigious MBA •CFA •CAIA •coding boot camp I’m at $85k now

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Want to get a gift for my brother who's starting his MBA this year. Any suggestions? Things that you would have liked to have - or had during your MBA that helped with student living/travel/etc?

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Has anyone taken one of those online executive courses, like the Harvard Extension School offers? Looking to use my $5k of tuition reimbursement and already have an MBA. Worth it? Best programs?

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I'm an engineer w/ BS/MS, have had engineer, PM and Tech Sales roles. I am interested in consulting and would love to speak more with some current employees about a referral! I am curious about the different job functions available. I've taken the GMAT as well to apply to MBA programs, unsure about how important bschool is in order to break into consulting.

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Received my biometrics appointment notice today! EB3, I-485 filed at the end of Oct. Can someone tell me when is the medical/health exam needed? In the instruction my lawyer sent, the next step is to receive the EAD card, and no mention of medical exam. But I heard lots of others mentioned they needed to do the medical exam before the interview?

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Hey any suggested way of how i should split my investment post 401k max out n IRA? Say i have 50k in saving then around 15k in HYSA, 20k in S&P500 and 15k in stocks? Something on these lines as in what is suggested

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Those who took the AWS SAA exam, do I need to know the specific pricing for each S3 storage classes, Like S3-IA is $0.0125 per GB monthly...Or just know high level info like the minimum capacity charge per object for S3 standard-IA is 128kb.

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Any copywriters here who have published novels? I'm set to finish my 4th rewrite by end of year and hopefully shop it around soon. If I manage to get it published, you think I could translate it into a raise somehow? Also, would love any general advice -- on querying, on finding beta readers, or craft books you'd recommend. Save the Cat is my plotting bible, and I also love Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Any other recs?

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I've started my job hunt in earnest. Revamped my resume, been setting up informational interviews, getting emails from recruiters ... I'm so excited for the next step!

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