Advice to an incoming freshman at Berkeley

The title says it all.

Berkeley alums or current students that are going through the process right now, what advice/wisdom would you impart to an incoming freshman looking to land a solid gig after graduation?

Thoughts on joining business frats? 

Any advice is greatly appreciated! Go bears :)

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 6, 2021 - 2:26pm

Current junior working at a top firm this summer. I would highly recommend looking in to AKPsi if you want to join a business frat. Know a few people there and they are super chill and have incredible placement across various industries. Also if you are dead set on banking, I would look into BIG. Seem pretty chill, somewhat competitive application process, and also very good placement (have strong buy side connections).

General advice, get on good terms with business professors (office hours). You never know what can come from your relationship with them.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 6, 2021 - 2:29pm

Also just want to add that the recruiting process for joining business frats is super intense. Don't let it affect your mental health or your grades and atleast make sure you are joining a good one (you'll find out which ones you want to avoid when you go to infosessions on campus). Feel free to pm with any specific questions.

May 6, 2021 - 3:28pm

business frats at berk are an important pipeline, as others have mentioned. separately, you'll want to make sure to take easy classes and keep up your GPA for haas admittance your soph. year

you can get into banking without either of these (i think?) but it will be pretty difficult. haas is the more important factor out of the two, though

unfortunately, with the extremely high volume of applicants (400-500?) and limited # of spots (like 20 a class), the chances are somewhat slim. what ive heard is that it's very relationship based - even if you dont make it in your first time, you should continue to develop the relationships you made in the process so that you have better shot the next time around

besides business frats, consider the consulting groups as well (berkeley consulting, the berkeley group, vcg, cmg) - they're similarly competitive, but applying to many at once increases the chance youre accepted into at least 1. 

May 6, 2021 - 4:04pm

I wouldn't stress about this too much yet. This isn't something like banking where you have to read guides and be super prepared. Just go to info sessions and connect with people and you will be fine. There's nothing you should do over the summer to prepare. Some clubs might have like coffee chats for incoming freshmen over the summer so at the most, look out for those.

tl;dr - relax, not something you have to worry about yet but when the time comes, form relationships with people in the clubs.

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
May 6, 2021 - 4:24pm

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