UK MBA or Canada?


bluerpk
Hi all
I have been a long time lurker, but finally want your view points on my individual situation.

I have an admit to a Top 5 UK MBA - full time program.

I am currently 40 years old software engineer. I also got a PR from Canada last year but I still live in India.

I am now in a conundrum as to whether I should move to Canada and pursue a job or go to the MBA.

MBA option
--------
Pros
-----
- Maybe my last chance to do an MBA
- Opportunity to transform myself
- Get new perspectives on other topics other than Software engineering
- Career options
- UK (have lived here for 11 years and am very comfortable here)

Cons
-----
- Nervous about chances of getting a job after
- Lose 1 year that could be spent in Canada which count towards citizenship
- UK Immigration policies

Questions
-------
- If I decide to move to Canada after, then what's the value of UK MBA in Canada

Canada option
-----------------
Pros
-----
- Start my life in Canada now
- Already a PR and hence no ambiguity in immigration status
- Passport after 3 years after which I can move to India with improved mobility

Cons
------
- Any job found will be in Software engineering


I have been breaking my head over these options but no definitive answers :(
Appreciate your advice
Hi all
I have been a long time lurker, but finally want your view points on my individual situation.

I have an admit to a Top 5 UK MBA - full time program.

I am currently 40 years old software engineer. I also got a PR from Canada last year but I still live in India.

I am now in a conundrum as to whether I should move to Canada and pursue a job or go to the MBA.

MBA option
--------
Pros
-----
- Maybe my last chance to do an MBA
- Opportunity to transform myself
- Get new perspectives on other topics other than Software engineering
- Career options
- UK (have lived here for 11 years and am very comfortable here)

Cons
-----
- Nervous about chances of getting a job after
- Lose 1 year that could be spent in Canada which count towards citizenship
- UK Immigration policies

Questions
-------
- If I decide to move to Canada after, then what's the value of UK MBA in Canada

Canada option
-----------------
Pros
-----
- Start my life in Canada now
- Already a PR and hence no ambiguity in immigration status
- Passport after 3 years after which I can move to India with improved mobility

Cons
------
- Any job found will be in Software engineering


I have been breaking my head over these options but no definitive answers :(
Appreciate your advice
quote
Duncan
I was 36 when I graduated from LBS, and thought it was an excellent choice. At a school with high and fast employment and excellent international mobility, like Cambridge or Warwick, I think you have a high chance of success. Oxford is a bit riskier but, of course, it's well known in Canada. Manchester is the tricky school because the long format is aimed at people who need more support to make a bigger transition and, as a result, it provides a lot of project and networking opportunities but does have less success because the students are harder to place. Cass, the sixth school, would be a better choice for you than Manchester.

Work visas are an issue but at your level there is quite a labour shortage.

[Edited by Duncan on Jul 12, 2019]

I was 36 when I graduated from LBS, and thought it was an excellent choice. At a school with high and fast employment and excellent international mobility, like Cambridge or Warwick, I think you have a high chance of success. Oxford is a bit riskier but, of course, it's well known in Canada. Manchester is the tricky school because the long format is aimed at people who need more support to make a bigger transition and, as a result, it provides a lot of project and networking opportunities but does have less success because the students are harder to place. Cass, the sixth school, would be a better choice for you than Manchester.

Work visas are an issue but at your level there is quite a labour shortage.
quote
bluerpk
Thanks Duncan. Appreciate your detailed response.
Thanks Duncan. Appreciate your detailed response.
quote
laurie
Just curious: why didn't you apply to any schools in Canada? Certainly a well ranked Canadian MBA program would have more sway with a wider variety of local firms than a UK MBA.
Just curious: why didn't you apply to any schools in Canada? Certainly a well ranked Canadian MBA program would have more sway with a wider variety of local firms than a UK MBA.
quote

Reply to Post

Related Business Schools

London, United Kingdom 127 Followers 413 Discussions
Cambridge, United Kingdom 38 Followers 242 Discussions
Coventry, United Kingdom 69 Followers 517 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 52 Followers 351 Discussions