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  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Comm
Jan 20, 2022 - 6:06pm

Not massively to be honest. Springs aren't essential but a lot of people on this site do undervalue them so its worth applying to them again next year. Try get a search fund internship informally for your summer and craft a stronger CV. Apply the day spring weeks open. My mentee secured a lot studying something non-standard and the ones he got were the ones he applied to the day they opened with an admittedly weak CV.

Jan 21, 2022 - 12:34pm
osamabinlaughin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Search Funds aren't necessarily a big thing in London, at least from my findings and knowledge. What else can I do beyond work experience to really bolster my CV? Thanks.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 21, 2022 - 12:37pm

you're non-target, springs are the most common way for non-targets break in. in other words, you're pretty fucked; consider doing a masters right after u graduate. u say ur at a reputable university yet every presitigious UK uni is at least a semi-target, so could you specify where u study?

  • Analyst 1 in CorpFin
Jan 24, 2022 - 4:07am

To my knowledge, Cass is a pretty strong semi-target. You should be more than fine even if you miss spring.

Jan 21, 2022 - 2:54pm
ebfinanceguy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not fucked at all, I know loads of people who didn't get springs/didn't convert and ended up with top SA positions. You should probably go for a summer internship this summer at a PWM or search fund (common enough in London to not rule out). Next year, apply to springs again and just say you plan on doing a masters even if you don't. Either way, no need to stress about it, springs are important but they're not everything.

Jan 23, 2022 - 8:29pm
EBITDaddies, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All UK universities are reputable, even the non-targets. That's because the UK has both the best schools in the world (Oxbridge) and their schools' average quality is much higher than the UK, Italy, China, Canada, Australia, France, Germany for example.

UK IBD/high finance seats are pretty easy to land even from a non-target (non-Oxb/LSE/UCL/Imp/WW), because finance in Europe isn't regarded as particularly prestigious. The most intellectual kids aim for the ivory towers of academia, politics and think tanks instead of the filthy offices of finance.

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Comm
Jan 23, 2022 - 8:45pm

for reference, ^this guy's a troll known as bottombuckethardo and consistently spews the same misinformation. Finance is still "hard" to break into. The guy's also a moron. Something being generally reputable and relatively reputable are 2 different things, in London, Cass is relatively not that reputable. 

Apply again next year.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 5:05am

To put it short and simply, if you're not female/diversity/multilingual it's going to be harder to land a seat, whether you're at Oxford or Cass. You need to show genuine interest/motivation in your selected field; reach out to as many people as you can (if you actually want to learn and have non-Googleable questions to ask), cold mail small shops expressing interest in unpaid internships (you can always ask your uni to cover your expenses should you need it), and you should be ok for SA recruiting next cycle. I wouldn't advise applying for springs next year unless you're on a 4-year course. You haven't stated an awful lot here, but maybe think retrospectively about why you didn't get any springs; at what stages did things start going south? Have a think and take it from there.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 25, 2022 - 4:39am

You can apply for funding from your university to cover your expenses if you're doing an unpaid internship

Jan 25, 2022 - 4:47am
wolfofthecity, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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