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Should I study some more or find an internship?
Young Graduate
posted on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:54

Hi, I’m about to finish my studies in business and I'm wondering whether I try find a graduate position or try for an internship with a bank? Or should i keep on studying and go for an MBA? I want to join a investment bank and work in fund management or ideally private banking. Do you think this is the right way to go about it? Need some ideas ... thx!

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Posted Saturday, 02 July 2011 12:23 AM

As a graduate once myself, and being educated in the West, I genuinely believe that your future lies with you being truly happy with yourself and doing work which you are happy with. Do not go down the route like many did before you in HK (with parents who value education than common sense in businesses), and to jump onto the MBA bandwagon. If you only "think" that this is the right thing to do, rather than what you genuinely wish to do (and have a strong gut instinct for), then do not go for an MBA. If you think you have business acumen, then consider working in the commercial side first and then see where it takes you.

MBA merely teaches you about businesses. Business models, business strategies, and how the business sits well with the world. More often than not, it is of no use to a fresh graduate who has never been exposed to the world of business to begin with. Unless your parent owns a business already and wishes for you to strategise for future growth and sustainability.

Starting your own SME and letting it collapse is the best way to learn about businesses from trial and error. Buying and selling is the best way to see what happens to the service or product and where the demands are coming from and why.

If you are unsure about your own future and what is the best way to go about things, then I take on the previous suggestion made and go for graduate schemes, that allows you to see all aspect of a company, and that can then allow you to get a feel of your own strength and weaknesses which fits better to your own temperament.

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James Carss - Banking Career Doctor
Posted Monday, 27 June 2011 11:56 AM

Any academic qualification is useful and an MBA is among the most respected and prestigious courses you can take. However, if your sights are firmly set on a banking career, it is more useful for you at this stage to gain some relevant work experience. A graduate job or internship will be an important step in the right direction and provide you with the necessary means to network and build relationships that are essential if you are to enter into fund management or private banking.

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