Berkeley Recruiting Advice

Hey all, I am an incoming freshman at Berkeley thinking about doing a CS/Business (Haas) double major. Goal is GS TMT NY or SF (Let me know if this is too unrealistic/difficult, but my philosophy with this sort of thing is to aim as high as possible to start). Just looking for some advice on being prepared for recruiting and landing offers in general. I know this is quite early to be thinking about this, but I would rather be prepared so I am not too stressed when the time comes. Any help is greatly appreciated (Clubs/Frats to join, things to focus on, etc...)

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May 5, 2022 - 5:25am
Kenneth Griffin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you join B.I.G's intern program your first semester at Berkeley and get accepted as an analyst then you will be miles ahead of where I was at your age. Then just get rly involved in the club, stay on top of school work, and pursue finance courses/technical prep on your own time. If you do all that you will be very successful in your internship hunt. You'll prolly also realize you can do much better than GS lol.

May 5, 2022 - 9:48am
thedonofoblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah, I've heard I should join BIG. Thanks for the advice - I will definitely follow through with that! Haha yeah, you are probably right - I just don't want to come off as a hardo as of course I am very new to this sort of thing. Quick question if you don't mind, would you also recommend consulting clubs (Valley, Venture, etc.)? I have heard these are big on campus, even in terms of the social scene, and they seem quite interesting as well - so I was wondering if it is worth the time commitment (heard the application processes for these are no joke). 

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May 5, 2022 - 12:54pm

Not trying to tell you what to do or anything, but if you can get a high GPA in cs at berkeley then why the hell are you going into IB? Starting packages out of berkeley are more than 300k at the pre-IPO unicorns/big-N/HFTs for <50 hours of work per week, not to mention the more than six figures of internship money you can make before you even graduate.

The future isn't IB--and that's not to say IB isn't a great career--but you literally have the best career in front of you and you're giving that up to format logos on powerpoint.

May 5, 2022 - 1:01pm
thedonofoblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah, most students from my high school actually get 4.0's in Berkeley CS, as we have terribly hard preparation for this sort of thing. This is actually a great point, but I just don't know exactly what opportunities you are talking about (I am a bit uninformed on the possibilities of SWE/CS paths, as I have had more exposure to finance). Again, thank you for the advice it is just I don't know much about SWE paths aside from FAANG

May 13, 2022 - 11:00am
arbjunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just find some seniors who interned at top tech companies and ask them about the path- totally agree with others here that this is a better path than crushing yourself for IB. Wish I'd just decided to go into tech back in college

May 13, 2022 - 9:04am
thedonofoblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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