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Choice between joining MBB at experienced pre-MBA level or doing MBA then joining at post-MBA level, which would you choose? Latter more expensive but more network /brand?

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What is your background and longer term goal? Is MBA in the picture for both? If so, I’d go for the pre-MBA option. You would get school sponsored and have the functional skills/a strong network by the time you come back - which means making it to manager will be easier.

I’m a pre-MBA hire who was promoted straight to the post-MBA role, so happy to add my two cents re: Bain

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I would do pre most likely

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