3/3/12

I attend The University of Michigan. I have a year and a half or so left until I graduate and I am an aspiring investment banker. A local Bank of America branch in the Ann Arbor area has offered me a part time teller job during the semester and I was wondering if this part time teller job would be beneficial in any way? Is it easy to move from a teller position to a position with Merrill Lynch? This is the only way I see this job being beneficial, but if someone has experience or a more educated opinion on this I would appreciate their insight. Thank you.

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3/3/12

I don't really think this would be too beneficial. You'd be better served getting an internship in PWM or a boutique IBD or something similar if you can at this point in the game. Hell it'd even be better to network with UMich alumni (I'm sure Ross has an incredible array of alumni in investment banking who you could talk to). Being a bank teller and being an investment banker are two completely different things IMO.

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3/3/12

Not really beneficial, other than making relatively good money for a college student. I would do it if you didn't have any other opportunities. If you choose this route try networking extensively with umich alumni at BAML.

3/3/12

Zero benefit, unless you're ballsy and use the company email list to email people, otherwise find something else. I speak from experience.

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3/3/12

Since my family's financial situation requires me to have a part time job during the semester in order to pay rent, textbooks, etc...what realistic job opportunities would you consider beneficial throughout the semester during my undergrad if I am interested in corporate finance after graduation? Thanks again for your advice.

3/3/12
Gourcuff10:

Since my family's financial situation requires me to have a part time job during the semester in order to pay rent, textbooks, etc...what realistic job opportunities would you consider beneficial throughout the semester during my undergrad if I am interested in corporate finance after graduation? Thanks again for your advice.

Part-time clerck/ admin assistant at a BB or a big 4

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3/3/12

I would take it. Although there's no overriding benefit of taking it but you make the best of the cards dealt. I don't know what you're majoring in but an obscure major away from finance allows interviewers to make judgments about your commitment level, while any exposure to the finance world, I believe, is a good thing. I'd agree with blackfinancier, be proactive, ahead of the curve, etc if you do take the position. It wasnt too long ago that there was a thread about a bank teller who got into HBS. Different story of course but it shows the potential if your work ethic is solid. Keep looking though. Good luck.

3/3/12

at the very least, tellers are FO.

3/3/12

I really don't think it will help. If you need to have a job during the year, I think you'd be better served by doing something on campus because you could swing it as community service/giving back.

3/3/12

Currently I'm a research assistant on campus with a professor in Sports Management and I've been doing it for a year now. Would you say a bank teller or continuing as a research assistant would be the better choice? Or maybe I should ditch both options?

3/3/12

I suspect it will hurt you in the long run. Do something relevant in IB if that's the field you want to get into. Being a bank teller means that you want to be in customer service. Do you want to be a customer service rep?

3/3/12
dudguy:

I suspect it will hurt you in the long run. Do something relevant in IB if that's the field you want to get into. Being a bank teller means that you want to be in customer service. Do you want to be a customer service rep?

What the fuck? The kid will be working during college which most people do and delivering pizza while you are in college has nothing to do with IB. It's called having a fucking job and supporting yourself. No one expect you to do better than that while you are trying to survive in school.

OP can do whatever job he get, as long he do some nice internship during summer.

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3/3/12

Do it to say you worked through college but make sure you have at least 2 nice internships with some relevance or else you won't get any interviews.

3/3/12
HFFBALLfan123:

Do it to say you worked through college but make sure you have at least 2 nice internships with some relevance or else you won't get any interviews.

Bingo!

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3/3/12

must be a troll

3/3/12
CaliforniaAnalyst:

must be a troll

3/3/12

If you're going to troll, don't suck so bad at it.

3/3/12

If you wanna be a bank teller go marry a construction worker, put on 70 pounds, change your name to Denise and practice giving people $20's when they clearly asked for big bills.

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