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

Canada option
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Pros
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- 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
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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.
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bluerpk
Thanks Duncan. Appreciate your detailed response.
Thanks Duncan. Appreciate your detailed response.
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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.
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006Spider
Are there any good schools in the US that also have good networks in the UK and Canada? I would like to study in the US but I also am considering immigrating after the MBA.
Are there any good schools in the US that also have good networks in the UK and Canada? I would like to study in the US but I also am considering immigrating after the MBA.
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Duncan
I am a UCLA alum in the UK who spent a semester at Dartmouth. They, like most top US schools, have small but active networks concentrated in London, and in the sort of roles that would actively hire Americans. There are very few British alumni, and the value of a small network is obviously limited. However, US alumni of any school are more active than British alumni.
I am a UCLA alum in the UK who spent a semester at Dartmouth. They, like most top US schools, have small but active networks concentrated in London, and in the sort of roles that would actively hire Americans. There are very few British alumni, and the value of a small network is obviously limited. However, US alumni of any school are more active than British alumni.
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Duncan
If you want to work in the UK, the advantages of a UK MBA are huge. Maybe consider the Chicago EMBA in London?
If you want to work in the UK, the advantages of a UK MBA are huge. Maybe consider the Chicago EMBA in London?
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Razors Edg...
Are there any good schools in the US that also have good networks in the UK and Canada? I would like to study in the US but I also am considering immigrating after the MBA.

Try not to hedge your bets too much, and if you have to, choose a very strong school. The Chicago EMBA London program would be a good choice, but something like the MBA from LBS might also be worth considering, depending on your career goals. The LBS MBA lends itself to international mobility, and their network is strong in the US.

On a different level would be Hult, which has campuses in the UK and the US.
[quote]Are there any good schools in the US that also have good networks in the UK and Canada? I would like to study in the US but I also am considering immigrating after the MBA.[/quote]
Try not to hedge your bets too much, and if you have to, choose a very strong school. The Chicago EMBA London program would be a good choice, but something like the MBA from LBS might also be worth considering, depending on your career goals. The LBS MBA lends itself to international mobility, and their network is strong in the US.

On a different level would be Hult, which has campuses in the UK and the US.
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006Spider
Alright that makes sense. I am honestly not sure about that Chicago program since I only have 4 years of work experience at this time. I will for sure check out LBS and Hult - I appreciate those suggestions!
Alright that makes sense. I am honestly not sure about that Chicago program since I only have 4 years of work experience at this time. I will for sure check out LBS and Hult - I appreciate those suggestions!
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Duncan
Oh, sorry... I only just realised that you are not the original poster. No, you should aim for a full time degree instead.
Oh, sorry... I only just realised that you are not the original poster. No, you should aim for a full time degree instead.
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006Spider
Will do thank you!
Will do thank you!
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