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Been in consulting for 6 years and don't feel intellectually challenged or stimulated whatsoever. Considering a Masters in Finance/CFA over an MBA. hit the books and have real knowledge rather than bs

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All I want to learn is how to BS better

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Seriously, most consultants I meet have a smug grin on their faces like they're hot shit but they don't have enough knowledge to back it up. They haven't ever taken real risk or created anything from scratch. They've never actually made a real 'business venture' like you see in Silicon Valley start ups. To me, it's just fake. Everything is fake. We 'leverage' and 'tweak' things and deliver it over and over again. I've worked at two other big fours and it's the same SHIT over and over again

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Same boat as you, 8 years in consulting, wanna go back and study physics or computer science

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@BCG1, meeting those aforementioned people doesn't make you one of them.

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CFA was a bitch, passed the first level before getting into consulting. Unless you want to be a banker it's not going to give you much practical experience for anything else. So I'd say it is good but laser focused

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@BCG1 which bschool? And @OP I understand where you're coming from when pursuing a CFA and/or Quantitative Master's might give you more technical knowledge.. but let's not forget what a Masters in "Business Administration" is meant for and try to juxtapose.

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Met one of my friends working in Finance - the amount of knowledge he had from doing equity research, quantitative analysis, working on derivatives, understanding markets , understanding regulation, trade, currencies, etc was just phenomenal. He's working in the industry right now and he knows more than any 'financial services consultant' I've met at a consulting firm

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Agree

Studying for CFA too, really do think it gives me real knowledge vs a MBA program. Not to say MBA isnt great, but doesnt seem worth if you want to learn something real

Damn. Wish I hadn't only learned BS from an international bank chief, US chief economic advisor, and Nobel laureate. 😂

Consider how many senior executives have CFAs vs. have MBAs...that might suggest that the premise that MBAs are "bs" is, well, bs.

I've always wondered if there would be some type of exam to qualify you to practice law versus a JD and how that debate with compare with the MBA vs CFA debate...

@EY2 you can pass the bar without a JD I think

Booth. Mssrs. Rajan, Goolsbee, and Fama are the refs.

@OP - I worked for 7 years before b-school. 4 of those with P+L. Plenty of real knowledge.

@A1 only in 5 states

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