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Hi,

I'd quite like to move to the US after completing my degree, and find a finance-related job there - in California specifically. I have family over there so I'd have a place to stay until I find a job. Not 100% sure what exactly I'd like to do, but probably some form of management consultancy graduate scheme (sorry if this is vague).

Here are my university choices which I'll be applying to in a few days:
• St Andrews - Physics
• Edinburgh - Physics with a Year Abroad
• UCL - Medical Physics
• Nottingham - Physics with German
• Warwick - Physics

1) Just to confirm, will a Physics degree be fine for most finance grad schemes?

2) Does my exact degree matter? For example, would a 'Medical Physics' degree be looked upon less favourably as it seems more suited for a different industry?

3) I understand that out of these universities, UCL and Edinburgh have the strongest international reputations with St Andrews lacking behind. However, would going to St Andrews put me at a disadvantage compared to going to UCL/Edinburgh, as US employers may not realise St Andrews is a top UK uni due to its relatively weak international reputation?

Thanks in advance.
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(Original post by DarkEnergy)
Hi,

I'd quite like to move to the US after completing my degree, and find a finance-related job there - in California specifically. I have family over there so I'd have a place to stay until I find a job. Not 100% sure what exactly I'd like to do, but probably some form of management consultancy graduate scheme (sorry if this is vague).

Here are my university choices which I'll be applying to in a few days:
• St Andrews - Physics
• Edinburgh - Physics with a Year Abroad
• UCL - Medical Physics
• Nottingham - Physics with German
• Warwick - Physics

1) Just to confirm, will a Physics degree be fine for most finance grad schemes?

2) Does my exact degree matter? For example, would a 'Medical Physics' degree be looked upon less favourably as it seems more suited for a different industry?

3) I understand that out of these universities, UCL and Edinburgh have the strongest international reputations with St Andrews lacking behind. However, would going to St Andrews put me at a disadvantage compared to going to UCL/Edinburgh, as US employers may not realise St Andrews is a top UK uni due to its relatively weak international reputation?

Thanks in advance.
1. Yes
2. No
3. Compared to UCL yes, Edinburgh no.
4. H1-B visas are a lottery of c.30%, even if you got a job offer after doing a US degree you won't be guaranteed staying longer than 1-2 years.
5. It simply isn't worth it in monetary terms to do a postgraduate finance degree in the US when you can simply apply here and transfer after a few years of service.
6. The exception to the above is an MBA program but you would need 3-5+ years of experience before being a viable candidate for any of the good ones.


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1. Yes
2. No
3. Compared to UCL yes, Edinburgh no.
4. H1-B visas are a lottery of c.30%, even if you got a job offer after doing a US degree you won't be guaranteed staying longer than 1-2 years.
5. It simply isn't worth it in monetary terms to do a postgraduate finance degree in the US when you can simply apply here and transfer after a few years of service.
6. The exception to the above is an MBA program but you would need 3-5+ years of experience before being a viable candidate for any of the good ones.


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Thank you for the answers.

Would it be easier to find a job in the UK then request a transfer to the US at a later date?
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Thank you for the answers.

Would it be easier to find a job in the UK then request a transfer to the US at a later date?
That is what I said, yes
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That is what I said, yes
Sorry, must've skimmed over it.

Thanks for the help.
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