Hi, I'm a sophomore student from a non-target, top 20 liberal arts college. im an econ major. this summer, i'm interning as at a human resources department in a big3 credit rating agency, and i really want to get into finance next year (summer 2014). i'm trying to network with people from financial district and wall street in-between lunch hours and dinnertime or weekends. how do i network there? do i just randomly approach people, or should i send emails requesting a lunch/dinner meeting? thanks.

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try to find an internship using ocr in a more finance related analytical field. I don't recommend randomly approaching strangers for meets. not everyone that walks around financial district is a banker. start targeting networking events, utilize your alumni database, join a finance club, etc. most importantly make sure you can back up your aspirations. read books, get more familiar with the industry. show initiative.

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Make sure you use Linkedin to its fullest effect. There were 25 people on the street from my complete non-target, and then you have the surprises like a partner at Greenhill and stuff. Good luck!


Get a friend in IB to run a CapIQ screen of alumni in the city, or get an alumni (current) list from your school. Since you have free time, tee up all of these emails and keep them in your draft box, then every Monday once your summer starts shoot off whatever number of those drafts you think is appropriate (e.g. 10 or 20 -- seeing as how only 10%, 25%, 50% may respond, and less than that will talk on the phone, and less than that will actually meet for coffee, drinks, lunch, etc.)

Good luck.

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