Are these good steps to take towards a M&A analyst role
I am an economics undergraduate at a not so prestigous university in the UK. I just finished first year and managed to get a grade of 2.1..in US GPA this would be 3.5 and I know that this isn't great but hopefully I will get the grade I want and need next year. Although this does not count towards my overall degree result, it is still disappointing. I also didn't manage to gain a summer internship this year. Anyway, so instead this summer, I managed to get a job as a teaching assistant for 7 weeks at a secondary school, but will find the time to master excel programming, vba etc ive got the software and books to teach myself, ive spent a year learning chinese mandarin and german and will practice this even more before my next years lessons at university, i have signed on to SEO London who help provide summer internships, applications for next year summer internships open at the end of july of which im preparing my resume etc for, next year at university i dont plan to work in a paid job but I will be running a multicultural cooking club with another friend (this is in process), this should hopefully show some leadership skills,..and i know that accounting and finance is a vital thing to know about, i want to take a week's course on it which i will £225 for, although i did a module on it in university (it was the module i struggled with the most :/ didnt really put the effort needed)..but i want to thoroughly understand the fundamentals of financial accounting....
This is what the course offers:
The learning outcome for this course is to help you how to read and interpret accounts in 5 key lessons covering: Lesson One: Fixed and current assets, debtors and creditors, the accounting equation. capital and reserves, the purpose and layout of a balance sheet Lesson Two: The purpose of a profit and loss account, the importance of stock-taking, depreciation, capital and revenue expenditure. Lesson Three: Accruals, provisions, prepayments, the role of capital and reserves. Lesson Four: The importance of the profit and loss account, calculating profit at various levels. Lesson Five: The meaning of profit margins, making comparisons on financial statements, analysing a profit and loss account. At the end of the course, you'll take an exam leading to a valued Pitman Training certificate and this course also covers part of the syllabus for the ITEC Business Competence Level 3 unit.
what are your opinions? im a little bit concerned that it might not cover the basic accounting skills needed especially in M&A roles which is my MAIN interest in IB, and also the certificate given at the end of the course is only one of attendance, not one on some kind of grade system...
Hopefully by next year summer, I would have gained a summer internship in finance (somewhere in the IB division or maybe some private wealth management or even accounting work experience) as I keep on with my search for one till about february when applications for such opportunities usually close. I will probably also pay for some course on financial modelling next year or after I have graduated from university.
I need your insights, what am I failing to see? Any other suggestions, particularly on networking (its seeming almost impossible to meet people working in IB industry)
Thanks so much for your help