Goal: Job in market or equity research (or Business Development / A&D) focusing on oil and gas with a bank or international E&P.
BComm in Petroleum Land Management (2006) - University of Calgary. GPA of 3.2 but weak grades in calculus and statistics. I’ll admit I was pretty lazy as I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life then; regretting it now.
MSc in Oil & Gas Law (2012) - Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen. Waiting for my final marks but I believe I will receive honours. Dissertation topic was Foreign M&A in Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector, focusing on public policy.
2 years working in Canada as a Land Analyst / Contracts Landman for a large E&P.
5 years working in Yemen and the UAE as a Contracts Analyst / Contracts Manager for a large E&P with exeptional operations experience, including 2 years of working in the field directly with drilling / construction / production managers and 3 years working with Senior Management.
I’ve also traveled to 50+ countries so I have a good handle on international business / politics.
My thought is that a MBA at a top-tier school would probably be best, but I’m not sure my undergrad marks would support an application now. I’d certainly have to nail the GMAT. I’d also like to do a bit more travel before I settle down and work ridiculous hours.
Therefore, I was considering writing Level 1 in Dec. 2012 and then consulting / studying from the road for the next two years while I travel South America and Eastern Europe. Assuming I’d pass all 3 levels the first try, I would then be 30, have traveled the world, and be prepared to work the long-hours in ER or AM to get my four years experience and designation. If I failed to get a job I wanted, my hope would be that passing Level 3 and my MSc would support an application to a top-tier MBA program and trump my poor undergrad. It looks like I can get a job consulting for a Yemen NOC for $80-$100/hr (tax free) which is why I’m thinking the travel / work / study route may be the way to go.
Sorry for the long post - I’m just looking for advice as I feel like I took the wrong career path and need to correct course and get into a more financial / analytical role.