Switching to IB as a University Junior
Currently going through a mid-undergrad crisis. A little background about me: studying CS, Statistics, Mathematics @ a HYPSM school. Done a little bit of everything - published deep learning research in natural language processing, developed software at both a startup and a FAANG company, worked @ a macro hedge fund as an investment analyst, and working as a quantitative researcher @ a statisticalfirm this summer. Asian male, 4.0 GPA, 99th percentile SAT, full graduate courseload. Enrolled in concurrent masters' degree program.
Had some talks with my friends and family in IB/PE and realized that I might want to go into IB/PE after graduation - parents have been pushing me to take the more traditional finance route the past year because of higher comp, better exits and career path (parents seem to think quantitative research hits a dead end). Issue is, I haven't taken a single course in Economics since high school (I've done shit like Econometrics, Investment Science, Stochastic Modeling, etc, but not particularly relevant to IB...) I know how to usedecently well and am a fast learner - totally willing to pick up the skills needed for the interview. I'm scheduled to graduate in 2023, but my current plan was to take an extra year for my Masters' degree, then use this year to apply for Investment Banking internships. I've been thinking about this more and more lately - is this switch even worth it this far in to my degree? If so, what are some resources I can use to get caught up ASAP? Are my parents right that the IB/PE route earns more than the quant route? Is it possible to do Quant/Macro Analyst -> VP at bank -> Portfolio Manager?
Please be honest with me - my feelings won't get hurt.