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SplinterNB
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### Aussie degrees in America

Hi AllIm new to this quality website and am looking for a bit of advice. I am a young student who has completed a double Commerce and Laws degree and am not far off finishing a Masters of Applied Finance specialising in valuation and derivatives. My Comm/Law degree is from University of Sydney and Masters from Macquarie. I have 6 months work experience in an investment bank and im looking to relocate to the USA. I have an American passport, but my concern is that my degrees will be worth next to nothing on Wall St and i wont be able to compete with others going for top jobs. My marks in my degrees are very strong and i have some good trading floor experience. Do i need an MBA to be seriously considered at the top institutions? would just a CFA be sufficiently better? Do hedge funds and IB's put heavy emphasis on the MBA specifically? I would not be disinclined to do one, although i have been at uni for quite some time now and want to start making . if i was to go back i'd be more incline to do a PhD anyway. Just worried about how the quality of my degrees will be percieved in the USA relative to top MBA competition.Any advice will be greatly appreciated.Cheers.

mj
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### Aussie degrees in America

So you're from Austria?

Caesaria
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### Aussie degrees in America

Oy Oy Oy! Maybe a bad time to come here now, wouldn't it be better to stay in australia for another year or 2, gain more experience so that your degrees matter less and enjoy the weather there a bit more while you can!
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mj
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### Aussie degrees in America

Conversation at a conference in NY:Where are you now?Melbourne.Where's that?

SplinterNB
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### Aussie degrees in America

haha exactly my point MJ. I have been asked (with a straight face) where both Sydney and Australia are on a few occasions. Caesaria you a prob right on that one - im just quite keen to get overseas and kick off my career; Australia is by and large a rounding error on the global scale....

albertmills
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### Aussie degrees in America

QuoteOriginally posted by: mjConversation at a conference in NY:Where are you now?Melbourne.Where's that?somewhere way nicer than new york