Target school, non-target discipline?
One of the most asked questions regarding education seems to focus on the subject of the so called target and non-target schools. As somebody who is attending one of the top universities in the world my question is different.
I'm doing my phd in history... Yet I want to get into IB or Asset Mgmt. Most grad recruiters say that they will accept from any discipline, as long as you have a good academic record. Is there anybody here with experience in a similar situation?
On a similar subject, I'm quite confident that I can handle a job in finance once I get the in house training, but how much would I need to prepare in cawe of an interview? Would they be more lenient towards a non-finance graduate (arguing that I don't have the background) or actually more strict (arguing that I should,ve read up more) or would this entirely depend on the firm and HR people?
Finally, how does one go about arguing that phd research skills, even in history, are a sign of analytic thinking capabilities, or do we just assume that the HR folks take that for granted?