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Post Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:21 pm
Hi all - I'm a current Wharton MBA student, and would be happy to share my experience/answer any questions you all have regarding admissions, student life, what classes to take, etc. I know how overwhelming it can be to navigate through it all, so feel free to ask me anything that's on your mind!

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If you'd like a basic overview, I wrote about my experiences here: http://www.mbastudents.tk/#!wharton/cinl. It's a good first step into getting a general overview of the process through the student perspective.

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Hi Sahil,

To be perfectly honest, it's pretty difficult to switch careers post-MBA regardless of what you hear, particularly for the finance industry. It's not to say you can't do it, but it will take quite a bit of effort. Having said that, the ways I've seen people make this switch is by:

(1) concentrating on finance courses and focusing on attaining a high GPA. Finance is the one of the few industries that DOES place a big importance on academics
(2) networking like crazy. Meeting with alumni, attending conferences, participating in case competitions, etc. Anything and everything to gain exposure to finance professionals in the hope you'll connect with one that will fight for you when it comes to hiring

One other point to consider is your particular visa situation. Visas are difficult to get and companies are more hesitant to hire international students than they were in the past. If you're open to working in Hong Kong or Singapore, this is less of a concern as many international students do take finance roles in those markets.

Hope that helps!
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mbastudents.tk
Thanks for the reply.
If I am doing MBA in Finance it is due to few reasons and the most important of them is to switch my career from IT to Finance.
Moreover, if I am graduating from US I would prefer to work in US, otherwise I could do my MBA from Singapore, which costs much less than in US, and work in Singapore.

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Hi Whartongal,

I will be applying this Fall, and I receive numerous emails to attend diversity programs held at the school. Since I live very close to Philly, I will be making several trips to the school. My mentors at my current job are Wharton Alums. I wanted to know if attending these diversity events give prospective applicants a leg up? Also, since Wharton is the top program for a finance career, I wanted to know if you know of anyone studying for the CFA during the program? Surprisingly Wharton is not a CFA partner school. Also how is it living in Philly? I have been to the area a couple times but U do not know what it is like to actually reside there. Sorry for all the questions.

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Post Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:07 pm
Whartongal2013 wrote:
Hi Sahil,

To be perfectly honest, it's pretty difficult to switch careers post-MBA regardless of what you hear, particularly for the finance industry. It's not to say you can't do it, but it will take quite a bit of effort. Having said that, the ways I've seen people make this switch is by:

(1) concentrating on finance courses and focusing on attaining a high GPA. Finance is the one of the few industries that DOES place a big importance on academics
(2) networking like crazy. Meeting with alumni, attending conferences, participating in case competitions, etc. Anything and everything to gain exposure to finance professionals in the hope you'll connect with one that will fight for you when it comes to hiring

One other point to consider is your particular visa situation. Visas are difficult to get and companies are more hesitant to hire international students than they were in the past. If you're open to working in Hong Kong or Singapore, this is less of a concern as many international students do take finance roles in those markets.

Hope that helps!
_______________________________________________________

Cheers,

Krishna
mbastudents.tk
Thanks for the reply.
If I am doing MBA in Finance it is due to few reasons and the most important of them is to switch my career from IT to Finance.
Moreover, if I am graduating from US I would prefer to work in US, otherwise I could do my MBA from Singapore, which costs much less than in US, and work in Singapore.

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Post Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:58 am
Hi Whartongal,

I will be applying this Fall, and I receive numerous emails to attend diversity programs held at the school. Since I live very close to Philly, I will be making several trips to the school. My mentors at my current job are Wharton Alums. I wanted to know if attending these diversity events give prospective applicants a leg up? Also, since Wharton is the top program for a finance career, I wanted to know if you know of anyone studying for the CFA during the program? Surprisingly Wharton is not a CFA partner school. Also how is it living in Philly? I have been to the area a couple times but U do not know what it is like to actually reside there. Sorry for all the questions.

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Post Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:58 pm
Hi Sahil,

To be perfectly honest, it's pretty difficult to switch careers post-MBA regardless of what you hear, particularly for the finance industry. It's not to say you can't do it, but it will take quite a bit of effort. Having said that, the ways I've seen people make this switch is by:

(1) concentrating on finance courses and focusing on attaining a high GPA. Finance is the one of the few industries that DOES place a big importance on academics
(2) networking like crazy. Meeting with alumni, attending conferences, participating in case competitions, etc. Anything and everything to gain exposure to finance professionals in the hope you'll connect with one that will fight for you when it comes to hiring

One other point to consider is your particular visa situation. Visas are difficult to get and companies are more hesitant to hire international students than they were in the past. If you're open to working in Hong Kong or Singapore, this is less of a concern as many international students do take finance roles in those markets.

Hope that helps!
_______________________________________________________

Cheers,

Krishna
mbastudents.tk

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Post Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:40 am
Hi,

Thanks for the prompt reply.
I am currently working in IT industry (Consulting) and I am looking forward to do MBA in Finance.
I am a average student, would I be able to get a job after doing MBA from US?

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