any breaking in advice?

hi everyone! 
although this post may seem a little silly (and i might get clowned), i thought i'd come onto this form for some advice, as some of the people i've seen on here seem helpful! i am also the type of person that loves getting advice from as many perspectives as possible :)
for some context: i am a canadian incoming sophomore at western (ivey aeo), and i've only pretty recently decided that i wanted to pursue a career in banking post-grad. because of this, i'm only interning at a search fund for this summer. despite knowing the advanced recruiting timeline for IB, i thought i wasn't too far behind, however after doing a lot of linkedin doomscrolling and going down rabbitholes, i feel more behind and overwhelmed than ever. i have an okay (?) gpa (3.9/4 although final grades for a few classes have yet to be announced).
would just like to know how to advance further from where i am right now / what you would do if you were in my position! i would really appreciate any and all advice. thank you! 

 

First of all, stop listening to lana del ray and start listening to some Metallica and Megadeth.

 

Options:

1. Delay graduation to recruit for internships next winter/spring

2. Recruit right now for middle-office roles to make an internal transfer to IB after a couple of years

3. Work a non-banking job for 2 years post-grad and then do an MBA to enter as an associate

 

interesting... i appreciate your perspective! just a little confused, is it already too late lol, i wasn't expecting all of my options to be "wait after grad"

 

There are probably a few things still open but considering you recently decided you want to do IB you should be honest with yourself about whether you would be able to get an offer if you were given an interview opportunity. If you haven't done much technical prep I would wager your odds aren't great.

All of the top firms are done recruiting at this point. Probably some small banks are still recruiting for SA 25.

 

is it that vital for me to land sa 2025 at a big bank if i'm an incoming sophomore? most people i know from my school work at boutique firms and land great positions their junior summor

 

oh my bad, I missed the 'incoming'. You're fine then lol. Do your internship this summer and start practicing technicals, then network in the fall to be ready to start applying next winter. Freshman internship doesn't matter at all, it's just something to have on your resume to BS about in interviews.

 

and also by "be ready to start applying next winter" you mean this for sa 2026 right? what do i do about my sophomore summer?

+ does this differ if i decide to go through diversity programs?

 
Most Helpful

Animi placeat vel quisquam et similique itaque. Eaque totam eligendi expedita sit et laborum. Et quo et numquam amet. Eius quae dolor non inventore et nostrum.

Veniam facilis id nemo esse eos veritatis. Beatae dolor aperiam commodi aut. Non temporibus a necessitatibus sunt ut sint. Repellat quae magni laborum illum velit qui rerum praesentium. Dolor qui vero quidem tempora aspernatur ipsam quae.

Est ut totam id ipsam a tenetur ducimus. Praesentium quaerat error ut ducimus. Rerum explicabo et dicta quisquam ullam magni.

Aut rerum sequi aut eius sint blanditiis. Ratione qui dignissimos vitae qui error et voluptatem. Est iste aut quas iure. Saepe sit cumque et nostrum qui sed nostrum. Quidem tempora est qui cum. Ipsam molestiae natus et sit rem.

Career Advancement Opportunities

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company 02 99.4%
  • Perella Weinberg Partners New 98.9%
  • Lazard Freres 01 98.3%
  • Harris Williams & Co. 24 97.7%
  • Goldman Sachs 16 97.1%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Harris Williams & Co. 19 99.4%
  • Lazard Freres 06 98.9%
  • JPMorgan Chase 09 98.3%
  • William Blair 03 97.7%
  • Morgan Stanley 04 97.1%

Professional Growth Opportunities

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Lazard Freres 01 99.4%
  • Jefferies & Company 02 98.9%
  • Perella Weinberg Partners 18 98.3%
  • Goldman Sachs 16 97.7%
  • Moelis & Company 05 97.1%

Total Avg Compensation

June 2024 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (5) $648
  • Vice President (22) $375
  • Associates (94) $260
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (14) $181
  • Intern/Summer Associate (33) $170
  • 2nd Year Analyst (69) $168
  • 1st Year Analyst (207) $159
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (151) $101
notes
16 IB Interviews Notes

“... there’s no excuse to not take advantage of the resources out there available to you. Best value for your $ are the...”

Leaderboard

1
redever's picture
redever
99.2
2
Betsy Massar's picture
Betsy Massar
99.0
3
Secyh62's picture
Secyh62
99.0
4
BankonBanking's picture
BankonBanking
99.0
5
GameTheory's picture
GameTheory
98.9
6
dosk17's picture
dosk17
98.9
7
kanon's picture
kanon
98.9
8
CompBanker's picture
CompBanker
98.9
9
Linda Abraham's picture
Linda Abraham
98.8
10
bolo up's picture
bolo up
98.8
success
From 10 rejections to 1 dream investment banking internship

“... I believe it was the single biggest reason why I ended up with an offer...”