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Hi - First time posting. I'm just wondering how much of an impediment my GPA is going to be for the future trying to land a job in finance. Interested in sales and trading / hedge fund / asset management.

I have a 3.2 GPA in Mathematical Economics from an Ivy - Brown / Columbia / Dartmouth and I am also an athlete in a preppy sport (tennis,squash,lacrosse). Many of my friends taking easier course loads in concentrations like general economics, history, political science have much higher GPA's (3.6 - 3.9). Will my GPA be an impediment? Should I have chosen an easier concentration and gotten over a 3.5 GPA? Will I be dinged straight away because I've taken a more challenging course load? I'm the first to admit that I could have studied more and worked harder but given my time commitments in my sport as well as having a social life, I think I have done ok. I haven't applied to any summer internships, but there is the possibility that I may have something at a BB in sales and trading in London for the summer through a contact. If I don't get this am I screwed (I'm a junior). I have thought about grad school at LSE in finance but will my GPA be too low for entry there?

Will my only option be to take a middling type job and try and get into a good MBA program down the line?

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  • hopingtobreakin's picture

    Greene wrote:

    I have a 3.2 GPA in Mathematical Economics from an Ivy - Brown / Columbia / Dartmouth and I am also an athlete in a preppy sport (tennis,squash,lacrosse).

    Um...ya your fine. Realistically you will still get plenty of interviews if you go through OCR and have a 10x better chance of getting a job in finance than a non-target kid with a higher GPA and relevant experience.

    Just network a little and you will be fine. Don't worry your gatekeeper is a pretty tiny person.