Career going the Wrong Direction

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Before uni I did an insight week in Asset Management.

In my first year of undergrad I had a 10-week Summer Internship in Investment Banking.

In my 2nd year I did a 1 month internship in a small management consulting firm and I'm now in a 1 month SME "Corporate Banking" (Invoice Finance) internship.

A summer internship in the first year is rare af and awesome but clearly I'm basically devolving.

How screwed am I ? (I'm looking to get into IB)

How will I explain this in interviews ?

This is in the UK btw

Comments (7)

Jul 29, 2019

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Aug 1, 2019

I fail to see a problem here. To answer your question, you are not screwed at all. I am not sure what you're afraid they'll ask in interviews that will prevent you from getting IB roles in the future. If they do ask, say "I wanted to try my hand in another role for my 2nd year summer and decided IB was the best fit for me after that experience because a,b,c."

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Aug 5, 2019

Thank you

Aug 1, 2019

I'm saying this to calm you down, not to make fun of you: "Career going the wrong direction" is hilarious - wait until you have a career before you get so worried.

If I was reading this resume I would see a candidate with AM, IB, MC, and CB experience (wow!) and I wouldn't care about the order in which you explored these things. You're in college - good for you for getting a breadth of exposure.

Aug 5, 2019

Thank you. And I was clickbaiting with that title hahaha

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Aug 2, 2019

You are not screwed - that's such negative thought especially when considering where you are at the moment. You can always rely on the right words to make the experience positive, like you are getting more exposure (as mentioned above) and that you are broadening perspectives.

Aug 5, 2019