Starting Full-time Early at BB?

I am currently on track to graduate about a year early, in August 2023 instead of what would normally be May 2024, and while I haven't gone to my SA role yet / received a FT return offer (GSAM/JPMAM), I've been told by my career advisors that it is really a hassle for the bank to let me start in say, January 2024. Apparently letting them know I am graduating so early could even slightly hurt their impression of me.

Is this really the case? Do the big banks even outside of IBD make it that tough to just work for a few months early? Could I hypothetically ask to maybe work at another role within the same bank from Jan to June so I can work and make money?

Any insight would be appreciated.

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2mo
Sio, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Agree with your assessment.

I wouldn't really waste those 6 months though - I'd probably start looking at the CFA already if I was certain AM was my long-term path. Otherwise you'll be blending the studying into the work and that makes maintaining other aspects of your life far more difficult (think work-health-relationships + studying vs. just work-health-relationships). May have to shell out money to enroll yourself (which I think now is $900 for level 1 and the one-time enrollment I think is now $550? I'm not 100%), but you'll appreciate not having to balance all 3 levels with the rest of your life once your foot is through the door.

2mo
rickle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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