Lets face it, the majority of people currently going into investment banking are male (sorry bankerella!), early 20s, above average intelligence and probably quite averse to serious sports.
You know what else fits that category well? Gamers.
I am going to publicly admit to being a fairly avid gamer and I’m willing to bet a lot of you other monkeys are as well. Yes, I’ve played my fair share of World of Warcraft in my younger days (world top 10 guild ftw) as well as Call of Duty and Starcraft.
Many ‘senior’ people (read: anyone above the age of 30) is likely to have a pretty dim view of us ‘young gamers’ and probably imagine us to be living in a dark basement, eating Doritos and staying up for weeks on end for a Red Bull-fuelled nerd binge. However, consider the following points for a resumé:
- Led a team of 24 people from various cultural and geographic backgrounds
- Organised and ran activities requiring a high degree of co-ordination from all team members
- Delegated different roles to each team member depending on their own strengths and characteristics
- Overcame new problems which required different techniques and adapting to rapidly-changing situations to solve
Pretty good for a fit interview no? That is basically a summary of what I spent several hours a day doing on World of Warcraft in my late teens but I would never even dream of putting it on my resumé due to the stigma attached.
I would argue that todays youth and those aiming at high finance probably learnt some of their best skills through gaming. You learn multitasking, teamwork, adaptation and the ability to sit almost perfectly still in a chair staring at a screen for several hours at a time while communicating on a headset – ideal skills for an incoming analyst.
So let me hear your views! Who here is courageous enough to admit to their gaming past / present and also do you think in this modern digital age that playing video games can actually enhance your personal skills? Should gaming at the very top level be just as respected as college sports?