Dilemma: study for MBA in Hong Kong or go abroad


Hello everybody,

I have a dilemma. I live and work in Hong Kong as a financial advisor. I would like to study for my MBA. My choices are to do the MBA at a school here like HKUST or go somewhere else like New York (Columbia) or London (LBS).

My goals would be to end up back in Hong Kong eventually. It would be nice to have some international experience, but it wouldn't be necessary if being away would hinder my chances of career growth.

I am unsure what to do at this point. I will definitely stay in finance, that much I know. Thanks for any advice in this soul searching moment!
Hello everybody,

I have a dilemma. I live and work in Hong Kong as a financial advisor. I would like to study for my MBA. My choices are to do the MBA at a school here like HKUST or go somewhere else like New York (Columbia) or London (LBS).

My goals would be to end up back in Hong Kong eventually. It would be nice to have some international experience, but it wouldn't be necessary if being away would hinder my chances of career growth.

I am unsure what to do at this point. I will definitely stay in finance, that much I know. Thanks for any advice in this soul searching moment!
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Depends. Usually you'd want to study where you want to work, and I would think that a school like HKUST has better connections with employers with Hong Kong than LBS or Columbia. However, those two schools have really robust networks as well, so maybe they do have a lot of recruiters in Hong Kong, although I'd imagine that HK is not necessarily their primary focus.

But, depending on what kind of firms you want to work in, an LBS --> HK move isn't out of the question. Banks and other large financial organizations most definitely will have a presence in London, so you'd be able to network and maybe even land a job while you're in school. This is not unusual, if you're looking at large financial services companies.
Depends. Usually you'd want to study where you want to work, and I would think that a school like HKUST has better connections with employers with Hong Kong than LBS or Columbia. However, those two schools have really robust networks as well, so maybe they do have a lot of recruiters in Hong Kong, although I'd imagine that HK is not necessarily their primary focus.

But, depending on what kind of firms you want to work in, an LBS --> HK move isn't out of the question. Banks and other large financial organizations most definitely will have a presence in London, so you'd be able to network and maybe even land a job while you're in school. This is not unusual, if you're looking at large financial services companies.
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Thank you. Yes, international experience is valued in my company and others in the sector. That's why I'm looking at LBS, and, to a lesser degree, Columbia. A big decision for sure. I will most likely apply to all three schools.
Thank you. Yes, international experience is valued in my company and others in the sector. That's why I'm looking at LBS, and, to a lesser degree, Columbia. A big decision for sure. I will most likely apply to all three schools.
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