1st Year Uni Student Advice to reach IB - Australia
Firstly, thanks for taking time to read this!
Bit of background about myself, I graduated high school in Australia in 2020 with an ATAR in the high 99s. I transitioned straight to a GO8 uni doing commerce and should finish the year with a WAM around 90. I have always been interested in Finance and investing - in fact i remember asking my Yr 6 teacher if we could short stocks when we started the ASX sharemarket game in class much to their bemusement. Also I currently work a lot and have managed to build a pretty decent (for a uni student) personal investing portfolio. My goal is really to work in investment banking as finance, business and economics have been my passion since a young age - it's not a flash in the pan thinking.
However coming to end of first year i already feel behind, I'm not a leader on any committees and don't have contacts/networks in the space and feel my extra-curricular activities are lacking - does personal investing count???. I work in hospo and tutor so not directly related to IB also.
Coming to the summer months i don't have an internship but understand i will need to start applying for one. So my question to WSO is what can i do in this upcoming summer break to put myself ahead? any suggestions? What are my chances of getting a decent internship and where should i target?
Also, a bit more long-term i may have the choice between doing a diploma in maths or a JD to further my chances by providing more time to get internships/contacts/networks. Obviously, a diploma will simply add one extra year whereas, the JD effectively will add 3 but i suppose is more likely to lead to IB job - any suggestions, i suppose i want to jump into rather quickly and the two extra years i would love to avoid - anyone have experience with this?
Thanks again for reading, looking back it's quite a few questions but i suppose having not been able to go into Uni this year (no prizes for guessing which state i live) i feel lost as to where i sit compared to others.