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Old 13-02-2011, 02:40 PM
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Would you be able to work full time and study UOL part time? That would be the best scenerio and since you are young, you will be able to take the hectic lifestyle for a while until when you settle down in your late 20s.

How I would suggest is to take the bank job first, finish up the 6-months contract and it should be the start of your study at UOL in August. If you could make it a permanent job and study at the same time, best. Otherwise study full time and finish up the degree ASAP with good honours.

When you grad, you are slightly better off from your peers as you have done 6 mths contract in a bank before. Slightly better only but still better than nothing.

From there, you can try the area of the bank you want to venture into (do your research during the time while studying). Front office is very very tough to get in and all the ivy league uni grads are all eyeing the limited slots, so.. good luck if you want to try for it.

The money laundering job should be classified middle or back office and under compliance, these roles are quite mobile between banks and you can move around for higher salary in the future.

Acadamically, there are tons of pple with basic degree and just go to Expo during CFA exams, you will be shocked at the number of pple taking CFA. So I suggest you slowly work your way up to basic degree, then certification like CFA, FRM, etc or second degree MBA (i will not go into the great CFA vs MBA debate)

Technical skills can bring you far enough to be team leaders, junior managers but beyond a certain level, high EQ (of coz with good technical skills) will bring you to the even higher management levels. Last but not least, networking is also of utmost importance.

Hope this helps and good luck!
Hey there.. Thanks for your help! Yea I'm going to take the job up, try to work full time + study part time.. U certainly taught me sth new abt CFAs there..

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