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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8mo 
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.

8mo 
nagarajumonkey, 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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5mo 

Just graduated from Cal, was in one of those consulting clubs and let me tell you they're not as helpful as they make it out to be. More like just drinking, don't think my projects helped that much or I learned a lot on them.

BIG is leagues better, hedge funds actually asked me if I was in BIG when I applied.

A hidden gem is also Berkeley Business Review, good people there.

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8mo 

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.

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8mo 
nagarajumonkey, 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

8mo 
Boston123tea, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hey, cal student here. Try to join our business frats/ investment groups.

8mo 
nagarajumonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yep - will do, thanks! Any recommendations for the most useful/worthwhile in your opinion? I just know there are quite a few so I want to make sure I'm putting my time in the right direction, though I am sure most of them are great regardless. I am thinking of rushing but have heard to stay far away from certain ones like DSP/Rho, etc... As for investment groups so far I am thinking of applying to BIG, UFA|UMCG, CIG. 

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wallstreetape, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I actually would recommend casting a wide net and not completely closing off the idea of a business frat. Some of my closest friends joined a business frat and ended up having a really enjoyable experience. Not to mention they place lights out. I would recommend going to as many events as possible and see which organization you vibe the most with

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4mo 

DSP has consistently placed better than the rest of the bfrats at Cal. I graduated a few years ago but just a quick glance at their website now and it's seems like they're still on top.

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