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Jul 19, 2018

Step 1) Do not go to a non-target in FL

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Jul 19, 2018

Obviously not ideal but chose it due to affordability and possibility of continuing being a D1 athlete. It is still reputable and has alumni working at major firms. Any real advice on where or which division to apply would be helpful.

Jul 19, 2018

Apply to the division with the most alumni from your school. But if you want real (but not necessarily comforting) advice, a 3.4 GPA from a non-target just doesn't cut it in today's competitive landscape.

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Jul 20, 2018

I think PWM would be a realistic start for you. I've interned in the PWM division of a BB, and actually a surprising number of the other interns had 3.3-3.5 GPAs from non-target universities. I'm not completely sure if you'd be able to get into New York though, since PWM is more localized

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Jul 19, 2018

Thanks and I was thinking the same thing from what I have heard. This may be a dumb question but would interning in PWM help me boost my resume if I wanted to pursue other industries after I graduate? I would think that it would help but people also said it won't?

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Jul 20, 2018

I think for a really large part, a lot of the people browsing WSO tend to give more conservative advice, which is why you hear a lot more negatives than positives. My only internship was in PWM and I managed to leverage that experience into a IB role with a BB (GS/MS/JPM) in New York with no networking. Obviously, PWM to IB will be harder than people who have relevant IB internships, and you may not be able to do it right after you graduate. But if you're really passionate, dedicated, and you network correctly, I'm sure you can do it

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Jul 25, 2018

Former student-athlete here... think the above advice was fair given that it sounds like you are transferring for athletic reasons and not academic interests. Rethink aligning your current time commitments to better align with your future goals. Is walking on to a "top 50 program" going to benefit you more than the possible time you could be spending networking, joining clubs, bettering your GPA? Just try and think more long-term. That being said, I think you could easily incorporate being a student-athlete into your "story", and I would suggest emphasizing your alumni networking/research on former student-athletes given that they will more likely connect with your background & current situation.

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Jul 19, 2018

Hey thanks for the advice and after this year my goals are 100% more career-oriented as of now. The thing that I am thinking about when choosing to walk on or not is that if being a student-athlete for two more years would be more beneficial for my career (which is my main focus now rather than athletics). The main reason I would choose to walk on is that I have heard it is better to be a student-athlete when trying to separate myself, but the question I have is that does two more years of being a student-athlete really make much of a difference if I have been an athlete all my life and already have two years of being a collegiate athlete under my belt? If you could help give some insight I would appreciate it

Jul 25, 2018

Think the main issue is you leaving a large school in the NE to walk-on at a non-target in FL. I don't know all the facts (or if it is too late) but it seems to me that it would be easier to reach your career aspirations at the school you were at, regardless of your participation in sports. That being said, from my experience--playing 4 years of a sport isn't going to tremendously boost your chances versus only playing 2 years. Sure, you will have some former athlete hardos that may call you a quitter but as long as you have a story to back it up (improved extracurricular activities, grades) and you sell it, you'll be fine with that subset of people. With the transfer too.. most people won't even fall over you only played at one of your schools if you craft it in your resume right.

Jul 25, 2018
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