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    Sat Jun 07, 08 03:41 AM


    I want to break into the finance sector, not aiming for a quant role (for now), just middle office, risk analyst, et. al. I have first class honours in mathematics. My problems are firstly, a paper thin resume -no internship experience at all; and secondly, my studies so far have nothing to do with the mathematics used in finance (maybe measure theory, but ... ). I'm thinking of attending LSE and taking up a MSc risk and stochastics. Is this a good move to reorientate myself into finance? What worries me most is that I have no internship or work experience whatsoever. I wonder how much chance do I have of faring against the competition this September, when recruiting for positions for 2009 begins. Probably close to nil. So should I try for 2009 summer internships instead? Or postpone going and try to get some work experience in the mean time (but the reason for the MSc is precisely that I can't any worthwhile finance jobs)? Any opinions or advice? Thank you.
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    Where is your degree from?
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    How much will the LSE degree cost you?
    Then ask your self how quickly you want to regain that money back, 3 years, 5 years?

    Then see if the expected yearly salary increased of the new job is matched by the job you can expect to get with your new shiny LSE degree....

    I say this because I have heard of people doing LSE degrees for £30,000 (UK students btw) and not getting a proportional salary increase in the jobs they got accepted for therefore very little increase in income.
    Financially you may be worse of. Buts its always a great experience.

    Do some number crunching and also ask people in the industry if they would prefer a Msc form LSE or experience or fresh graduate etc etc.
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    what university are you from / extra curriculars?
 
 
 
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