I'm currently doing theoretical physics at UCL with the intention of establishing a career in the finance sector.
Right now I'm working for a private equity company (have been since I was 16 over summer holidays as part of a junior scheme). Over the past year I've been promoted to work on the natural resources and energy projects.
Ultimately I would like a career in hedge funds, the owner of the company I work for also owns a private hedge fund (total assets under management ~ £4.4billion).
He has told me that the only way I would be promoted to his hedge fund is with a postgraduate degree relevant to finance and a few years experience. He is strongly pushing me to go to the international university of monaco to do the Msc Finance which specialises in hedge funds and private equity. He says it's tailored 'perfectly' for a career in hedge funds.
He has also pledged to fully sponsor my degree if I go there, but I was always looking to go LSE (in which case won't get sponsored)
The uni in monaco is quite respected, it's MBA is ranked amongst the top 50 in the world so it's good but not a match for LSE in terms of global recognition and reputation - which do account for a lot in the finance sector.
I could really do with some advice, should I go for the one in Monaco? I guess the question I'm asking is if/when I'm ready to move on from this company will I be able to move to bigger and better hedge funds with a MSc from that uni?
I would love to go to Monaco, I would choose that over LSE any day if reputation/rankings were irrelevant but I've got to think of the long term as well.
Also, would the reputation of my Msc even matter to a company if I'm coming with years of experience at a hedge fund anyway?
Would really appreciate all the advice, thanks
Finance career - advice needed Watch
- Thread Starter
- 05-12-2010 18:03
- 05-12-2010 23:16
Univ. of Monaco? wtf...
LSE (given MSc in Econ, Finance or F&E)
I don't know whether your sponsor will drop you if u go to LSE, u'll have to figure out whether the value of your sponsor exceeds the advantage that a LSE degree has over Monaco. If you'll work for an HF, u won't care much about the 25k tuition fees.
If you exclude your sponsor from the equation, this is a no-brainer: LSE!!!!