HEC Paris MSc in International Finance vs. MBA from UK


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Hello, what do people think of the HEC Paris MSc in International Finance program? It's the number one program in the FT MIF rankings, and the employment outcomes look quite good.

I have 2 years of work experience as a financial analyst. I would like to jump start my career to take it to the next level. Maybe the HEC Paris program is right for me, but I am also looking at some UK MBA programs too, including Westminster and Birmingham.

The pros of the MBAs are that they are MBAs, and I think the general management focus would take me a long way in my career. The negatives are that they cost more than the MSc program and the UK visa procedures are complicated if I want to work there after the program.

The main con of the HEC Paris MSc program is that I do not speak French (that well). I studied in High School but I have forgotten most of it!! That seems to be a big drawback. Plus, I don't know if having a specialized degree is good for my long term career. Otherwise, the price is right and like I mentioned earlier, the outcomes are very good.

Please advise!! Which is the best option?
Hello, what do people think of the HEC Paris MSc in International Finance program? It's the number one program in the FT MIF rankings, and the employment outcomes look quite good.

I have 2 years of work experience as a financial analyst. I would like to jump start my career to take it to the next level. Maybe the HEC Paris program is right for me, but I am also looking at some UK MBA programs too, including Westminster and Birmingham.

The pros of the MBAs are that they are MBAs, and I think the general management focus would take me a long way in my career. The negatives are that they cost more than the MSc program and the UK visa procedures are complicated if I want to work there after the program.

The main con of the HEC Paris MSc program is that I do not speak French (that well). I studied in High School but I have forgotten most of it!! That seems to be a big drawback. Plus, I don't know if having a specialized degree is good for my long term career. Otherwise, the price is right and like I mentioned earlier, the outcomes are very good.

Please advise!! Which is the best option?
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Duncan
These options would take you in totally different directions. HEC does make more sense if you want to stay in finance. You can take an EMBA in your 30s if you want to move out of finance.
These options would take you in totally different directions. HEC does make more sense if you want to stay in finance. You can take an EMBA in your 30s if you want to move out of finance.
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If those low-cost MBAs in the UK are your only other options, and if you do wish to continue in finance, then the HEC program does make sense.

The other option would be to wait another year or two, get more work experience and save for a better MBA program: Warwick or Cass, perhaps.

In terms of language, this is less of a concern than for other France-based programs, simply because many of the companies that recruit from the school recruit them to go to London. Over half of the cohorts generally end up in the UK.
If those low-cost MBAs in the UK are your only other options, and if you do wish to continue in finance, then the HEC program does make sense.

The other option would be to wait another year or two, get more work experience and save for a better MBA program: Warwick or Cass, perhaps.

In terms of language, this is less of a concern than for other France-based programs, simply because many of the companies that recruit from the school recruit them to go to London. Over half of the cohorts generally end up in the UK.
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