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I am considering graduating a semester early, and was wondering if it could be possible to begin working immediately post-graduation, or if I would have to wait to start with the rest of an analyst class in the summer. Thank you.

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  • CaptK's picture

    Often the bigger banks have a training program that all the analysts go through. They typically bring in outside professors/companies to do this, so all the analysts have to do it at once (ie - in the summer, when everyone else starts).

    That said, some banks may be flexible and let you start early with the realization that you'll be "flying blind" for 6 months with no training, as you have to wait for your analyst peers to start training.

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  • CaptK's picture

    On another note - don't graduate early.

    College is the best 4 years of your life, and the last time when you're not going to have all the pressures of real life. Enjoy time with your friends, get drunk, be irresponsible. This is your last chance.

    I have friends that have graduated early, and every single one has told me they regret it.

    - Capt K -
    "Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, bait the hook with prestige." - Paul Graham

  • fafa's picture

    I have friends that graduated early and hung out at school - i wish i had done that. I do know of one specific case where a student in my friend's analyst class graduated in december and started early.

  • grandpabuzz's picture

    I'm graduating a semester earlier and then heading to Vancouver in 2010 for the Olympics.

  • nystateofmind's picture

    I haven't heard of anything like this hapenning w/ new hires. However, I know several lateral hires from outside IBD who started in December - April and then joined their "incoming class" for training in July. I doubt your situation would be much more difficult. That being said, unless the group desperately needs analysts (not likely in this mkt), banks like to keep everyone on the same schedule.

  • PowerMonkey's picture

    I know of a few people who were able to start very early, right after the new year. One of them had a masters, and the others had been summer analysts. That being said, its very rare due to the nature of the training courses they like to put you through.

    Enjoy your free semester at college, work at the library or something and drink a bunch.

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  • political panda's picture

    great thread; i was wondering the same thing

  • FinanceFury's picture

    Who would graduate early and hang out at school? Sounds lame to me. Might as well pick up some classes and learn something valuable...I think people look like tools if they graduate and hang out at school....

  • dosk17's picture

    Or if you do graduate early, go and travel or do something interesting rather than starting work immediately.

    Some good reasons not to do this:

    -Without training you may make a bad first impression and not know much about what's going on.

    -You will effectively be working for free for those first few months. There are no pro-rata bonuses or anything. And people will exploit you endlessly when you're new.

    -You won't be coming in at the same time as the rest of your class, which may make it difficult to get to know them.

    -You are having more fun in college than you will ever have in this job.

    I know of some cases where people have been able to do this, but I strongly recommend against doing so for the reasons mentioned above.

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    nystateofmind's picture

    dosk17 wrote:
    Or if you do graduate early, go and travel or do something interesting rather than starting work immediately.

    Some good reasons not to do this:

    -Without training you may make a bad first impression and not know much about what's going on.

    -You will effectively be working for free for those first few months. There are no pro-rata bonuses or anything. And people will exploit you endlessly when you're new.

    -You won't be coming in at the same time as the rest of your class, which may make it difficult to get to know them.

    -You are having more fun in college than you will ever have in this job.

    I know of some cases where people have been able to do this, but I strongly recommend against doing so for the reasons mentioned above.

    I agree with everything said here.

  • omega's picture

    Thank you for all of the advice.

  • GameTheory's picture

    Yeah. We had a kid start early in our group. He had graduated in December, traveled for a few months, and started in March. He was also a summer the year before, though, and people really liked him so he was assimilated without any major issues. We all thought it was the worst decision ever, but I guess he was bored.

  • 2007Analyst's picture

    only graduate early if 1) you will travel the world and get a great experience rivaling the best your school can provide 2) need to enter the H1-B visa lottery, the sooner the better folks

  • In reply to FinanceFury
    mlamb93's picture

    FinanceFury wrote:
    Who would graduate early and hang out at school? Sounds lame to me. Might as well pick up some classes and learn something valuable...I think people look like tools if they graduate and hang out at school....

    Seriously! What 22 year old would want to spend 5 months irresponsibly partying and having fun with their friends when you could be taking more classes or starting work? Sounds lame to me. I'd rather spread comps and make copies, thx.

  • hookem07's picture

    depends on the bank - i graduated in december and am starting march 3, and still attending training in july. in some sense, the associates feel that i'll be an asset to the analyst class with a few months of experience out of the way before training. i know a handful of people given the opportunity, though you have to express it throughout the interviews; you can't just surprise them at the end with the news. also, my initial offer had a july start date and had to work with the vps and hr to amend it. it's doable if you make your intentions clear - though i suggest not making it out to be a deal breaker/maker.

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