Do banks care about the school you graduated from?

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My plan to break into IB is fairly simple. I'm going to FSU for my bachelors in finance and then hoping to break into any IB institution. What are my chances? I heard from my uncle that there's jobs out there for anyone who has a dream and will fight for it. I'm open to any honest opinions, no feelings going to be hurt. Hit me.

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9/24/14

They do care, they have limited resources so they only bother going to certain schools to go to do on campus recruitment, a big chunk of breaking in is networking and it's easier with alums and there are more opportunities from a target. That said if it is your goal from day 1 and you start laying the groundwork early it can certainly be done. Ideally get great grades and consider transferring, barring that still get great grades and network heavily. Reach out to alums, take networking trips to Tampa (Raymond James and a bunch of boutiques and buyside shops), to New York and possibly Jacksonville (DB). Major in finance and kill it, for your rising sophomore summer get ideally a boutique investment banking internship or barring that PWM or a corporate finance role.

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9/24/14

Thanks a lot. It just bothers me because I know that I'm probably as intelligent or even more than the people that graduate from major ivy league schools. From my personal experience in my young life I've learned that if you apply yourself the world is yours. But true what you said about the networking, I'll get to that as soon as possible. I have one more question for you, "Should I start networking as a freshman?"

 
9/24/14
Saadsalomon:

It just bothers me because I know that I'm probably as intelligent or even more than the people that graduate from major ivy league schools.

Did Jameis tell you that?

Shooter

 
9/24/14

Don't know who that is O.o

 
9/24/14

Well. My advice would be to have some Seminole fluid and hop out from that rock you're under

Shooter

 
9/24/14

Sports was the last thing that came to my head. When you said jameis I was trying to see if it was relevant to finance..... it isn't and obviously I know who jameis winston is.

 
9/24/14

You can never network too early. If you think you're as bright as any Ivy Leaguer, then transfer, it'll make life infinitely easier. Even if it is to a semi-target.

 
9/24/14

Easier, but wayyy more expensive. I'm still contemplating if I should go to a target school or not. I haven't even started fsu yet so i still have time to think.

 
9/24/14

Not usually if you're poor most top schools have a no loan policy and have substantial financial aid all the way into what might be considered the middle or upper middle class. In addition most semi-target schools are very aggressive about offering merit aid. The notion that top schools are more expensive is often times untrue. I get that with bright futures and FRAG it's often cheaper to go in state, but at that point I'd still compare offers and negotiate once I had acceptances in hand. Also UF is a better school by reputation.

 
9/24/14

How is it even possible to go to FSU and not know who Jameis is...?

Before you even think about investment banking, you should start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football

 
9/24/14

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