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Oct 7, 2019

Where Should I Work? Bain or Boston Consulting Group

Bain or BCG

When it comes to the consulting industry, there are three top dogs: McKinsey, Bain, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). These three elite firms offer a unique blend of prestige, expertise, and history, which make them highly sought-after employers, particularly for MBA grads. But since they’re all part of the same exclusive club, how do you know where to accept a job offer: Bain or BCG or McKinsey?

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Sep 24, 2019

QS World MBA Tour – Boston

Join the world’s largest MBA tour in Boston!

An MBA is a distinction in the workplace and a designation in the world of business. However, more importantly, it’s a confidence booster, a way of thinking analytically and critically, and a training ground for making better personal and professional decisions.

This event will answer all of your MBA-related questions through presentations, networking opportunities, and valuable interactions with recruiters from 30+ top business schools.

In addition, you’ll also receive the following for free: a professional LinkedIn Headshot, your resume reviewed, access to a pool of scholarships worth $7M and much more.

All of this is FREE of charge for those attending, so register today! Space is limited.

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Aug 15, 2019

Register for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums for Women

2019 Forté MBA Forums

Registration is open for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums.  Designed for women considering an MBA, the Forums provide an ideal opportunity to learn more about the value of an MBA from admissions reps, alumnae, and current students at top business schools. Open to all women—career changers, college students planning the future, or career professionals looking to go to the next level—the events provide a distinct MBA advantage.

About the Forté MBA Forums

The MBA Forums are FREE and held in 11 cities across the U.S. and Europe. The events are a chance for women to build their peer support network and meet other successful businesswomen from a diverse range of industries. The MBA Forums offers exclusive insights into the MBA admissions process.

“The Forté Forum event provided the exact insights we were looking for,” said Madeline Keulen, Forté MBA Forum attendee and 2019 HBS alum. “Most of the schools I was interested in had representatives at the event who could speak to the specifics of their programs, and panels of alumni enhanced the richness of the experience through their personal stories of why they chose to pursue an MBA. I have a much better sense of where I’d fit best.”

2019 Event Dates and Locations

  1. August 12, Washington, D.C.
  2. August 13, Houston, TX
  3. August 14,  Atlanta, GA
  4. August 15,  Boston, MA
  5. August 19,  Los Angeles, CA
  6. August 20, Seattle, WA
  7. August 22, San Francisco, CA
  8. August 26, Toronto, Canada
  9. August 27, Chicago, IL
  10. August 28, New York City, NY
  11. October 29, London, England

Sample Event Format

6–8:15 p.m. – Registration and School Fair

  • Connect with admissions at top business schools
  • Learn more about the admissions process
  • Find the right school for you
  • Networking reception

7–8 p.m. – MBA Alumnae Panel

Get advice and hear stories from top MBA women in a range of industries and at various career stages. Learn what motivated them to earn their MBA and the successes and challenges they’ve faced.

8:15–9 p.m. – Admissions Panel

Enjoy a panel of seasoned MBA admissions professionals from top programs. Learn more about admissions requirements, researching schools, applications, and financing.

Visit the site to see more details about locations and to register!

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Aug 15, 2019

Top MBA Recruiters: Invesco

Invesco Career

Founded in Atlanta in 1978, investment management firm Invesco has become a global leader in the field, with offices in 25 countries and over $11 billion in managed funds for its clients.

The firm, as of a July 2019, features around 8,000 employees. U.S. offices, in addition to the Atlanta headquarters, include Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Newport Beach, CA, Los Altos CA, Portland OR, Boston, and New York City.

MBAs with various levels of career experience contribute to the large talent pool from which Invesco hires. Here, we’ll break down the firm’s recruitment and hiring process, salary, and an overview of company culture.

Landing an Invesco Career

Invesco, like most global asset management firms of its size, has an in-house recruitment team that seeks graduate level students throughout the year. With an Early Career program for those just starting after their MBA studies, Invesco prides itself on grooming ‘future asset management leaders.’ Analyst roles are the most prevalent for recently graduated hires, and MBAs who possess previous work experience are obviously considered for commensurate positions.

An early career Properties Analyst in the Atlanta office says:

“What I like most about working at Invesco is the opportunities I’ve been given in my job. I’m a recent grad; at other companies I was just there and didn’t have a ton to do. Once I started my job at Invesco, I’ve had challenging assignments and so many interesting projects to work on – it’s really helped develop my skills and prepared me for my next role.”

The company’s website offers a talent network  which enables applicants to obtain optimal job matches for their backgrounds. It prides itself upon honoring their applicants’ individual areas of expertise; each new hire is asked questions regarding the division in which they believe they would function best. MBAs are sought in all divisions, but a large number are hired in Finance & Accounting, Quantitative Analytics, Investment Services & Operations, Marketing & Product Management, and Sales.

Paysa reports that the most valued skills as Invesco are related to investments, with 39 percent of hires possessing this type of background. This is followed by experience in mutual funds (29 percent of hires); general management (29 percent), and asset management (27 percent).

As for interviews, Glassdoor data shows that 66 percent surveyed reported a positive experience. Around 39 percent of those who interviewed applied online, 19 percent were interviewed via referral, and 28 percent were recruited either on a campus or from another employer.

Invesco Career Compensation

New York City Invesco employees typically see the highest annual salaries ($132,000), according to Paysa. Boston follows in second ($129,000), then San Francisco ($126,000), Atlanta ($116,000), and Dallas-Fort Worth ($105,000). The overall base salary average at Invesco is $102,661. This includes a base salary of $70,000 in the 25th percentile and $125,000 in the 25th percentile.

Accountants in various departments start out closer to the lower percentile. Fund accountants, along with those that manage corporate accounts, make an average of $54,000 and a range of $48,000-68,000. Senior accountants bump up to a range of $62,000-73,000. Analysts working in equities average $95,000 on average, while financial reporting analysts bring in an average of $80,000. Portfolio administrators typically earn around $60,000.

Averages for management roles at Invesco include the following:

  • Director – $109,000
  • Program Manager – $119,000
  • Project Lead – $108,000.

As for marketing roles, business analysts make $107,000 on average, Senior Business Analysts earn $116,000, and Marketing Managers earn $73,000, on average.

Invesco is in the top 300 highest paid finance companies according to Paysa, at 280th.

Life at Invesco

A July 2019 Indeed review on Invesco states, “Depending on the department, Invesco is a great company to work for. Some areas allow employees to work remote a few days a week and Friday’s and Monday’s are generally casual dress days. The work life balance is good in most departments and the benefits are okay. The health plan is way too expensive but it covers a lot. Most employees throughout the company are driven, intelligent and work hard because they really take pride in what they do and in the company as a whole.”

Another employee reports “great benefits and development opportunities,” and a veteran employee noted, “I worked at Invesco for 18 years so there were a lot of changes … Early morning and close of day were very busy. I had an excellent supervisor who was very supportive and made work a lot easier. Best company I ever worked for.”

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Employees at the Atlanta Invesco headquarters, seen here, typically earn more than $100,000 annually.

The company boasts a “diverse and inclusive culture,” though it is reported to be made up of a 52 percent white, male identifying workforce. About 31 percent of employees are female identifying, while 20 percent did not disclose gender. Around 36 percent did not disclose ethnicity, but those who did were 7 percent Asian, 4 percent LatinX, and 1 percent African descent.

Invesco makes an effort to involve employees in charitable organizations, with volunteer events and giving opportunities. The company also prides itself on responsible investment, as stated in its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The company offers competitive health coverage, parental leave, compensation for education and certifications, retirement planning and income protection. Like many of its peers, Invesco also offers compensation for gym memberships and wellness programs.

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Aug 8, 2019

Boston University’s Barbara Bickart Answers Our 5 Questions

Barbara Bickart

In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Barbara Bickart, Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. Bickart talks about the school’s new Online MBA, what’s next to come for the business school, and what type of student may be a perfect fit for the program.


1.) Why You Believe Now Was the Right Time for BU Questrom to Introduce an Online MBA Program?

“Significant advances in digital technology and education delivery platforms makes it possible to now offer high-quality and rigorous degree programs in an online setting. Because of these changes, at both the university and the school level, we felt it was imperative to develop the capability to offer online degree programs at scale. Further, the global market appears strong, particularly at the lower price point. edX has received over 10,000 inquiries for an online MBA program, making it their most requested Master’s degree. The edX technology platform is scalable and has a global reach of over 20 million learners, which will help us to expand our portfolio to reach a unique segment of business learners.

In addition, the global market for online professional education is sizable and there remains value in the MBA degree credential overall. According to a 2018 survey by the Financial Times, MBA grads nearly double their pre-MBA salary within three years of completing the degree.

Finally, the invitation to partner with edX provides an opportunity that aligns with our social mission to expand access to a top-tier business education throughout the world.”

2.) How Will the Questrom Online MBA be Different from Other School’s Online Programs?

“Unlike other online MBA programs, our program was designed from the ground up with the global online learner in mind. In the design process we leveraged knowledge gained from the BU Global Business Education Jams to create an updated and relevant MBA for the 21st century. Key themes include creating a socially responsible business, decision-making in a data-driven environment, managing with integrity, global business strategy, and developing an innovative mindset.

In addition, most other online programs offer traditional disciplinary-based courses. In contrast, our program focuses on developing the capabilities that lead to managerial and business success. By focusing on delivering capabilities versus disciplinary based courses we can leverage more fully the expertise of our alumni and other business leaders in developing exercises and cases that can better support a problem-solving approach to learning in a scaled environment.”

Barbara Bickart, Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

3.) How Important is Being One of the First Major Business Schools in Boston to introduce an Online MBA?

“We are not the first online MBA in Boston. Babson, Simmons, and Northeastern offer traditional online MBA programs. We are, however, the first scaled MBA in Boston and only the second in the world.

Traditional online MBA programs are offered by about twenty of the top fifty MBA programs in the United States, and charge the same tuition as their residential program. Our scaled online MBA through edX is a new MBA category; and lies outside of the traditional and increasingly crowded online market. Our program will increase the accessibility of an online MBA both in the Boston region and globally.”

4.) Is This a Sign of More Programs to Come?

“Definitely! Entering the online MBA market at this time allows us to generate new capabilities, content, and infrastructure that will create hybrid flexibility in our current program portfolio and introduce new credit-bearing and noncredit-bearing programs in the future. We see also this initiative as creating the technology platform to develop forms of digital engagement to drive lifelong learning for our alums.”

5.) What Do You Believe Will be the Ideal Questrom Online MBA Candidate?

“The ideal BU Questrom Online MBA candidate is someone who has been working for about five to seven years, does not want to leave their job, and is seeking to advance their career. These individuals work in a variety of organizations, including the business, not-for-profits, education, and government sectors. They are busy people with complicated schedules and therefore seek the convenience of an online program. In addition, they may live in a location (either in the United States or abroad) where access to a high-quality MBA program is limited. They are curious and are motivated to complete a degree in an online setting.”

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Jul 29, 2019

Top 5 Paying MBA Careers: Insurance

insurance career

Insurance is a fast-growing career field. In the next 12 months, 63 percent of insurance companies plan to increase their staff numbers, according to a recent industry trend report.

In fact, by 2020, almost 400,000 insurance jobs are projected to be available. When combining that with the fact that millennials aren’t very interested in working in insurance—only a third demonstrate any interest—it’s a great career field to consider.

There’s a wide range of jobs, across a broad spectrum of career paths, within the insurance industry, and compensation is higher than average. Entry-level professionals can expect to earn more than $50,000 a year, and that number only increases as you gain experience.

In this article, we’re breaking down the highest paid insurance jobs, the companies where you’ll earn the most money, the top MBA programs, and where you should live. Continue reading…

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