Give up medicine for ibanking? (Undergrad at Northwestern BS MD)Subscribe
I humbly ask for any advice from anyone who's the least bit knowledgeable or qualified with either subject at hand.
I'm a high school senior matriculating into Northwestern University's accelerated medicine program. The program gets me through undergrad in 3 years and then a direct acceptance into Feinberg Medical School. I applied because I'd always wanted to be a doctor -- specifically a plastic surgeon. However, as I began looking into other careers, and profusely talking with a banker, I realized that investment banking is a stunning world. Unfortunately, the only "target" universities I was accepted into were Dartmouth (which I do not intend to go to, it's me not them), and a waitlist at Princeton which is all but a rejection in disguise.
Is it *worth it *to do everything I can to transfer out of Northwestern BSMD into a "target" university by the time junior internships a.k.a preliminary recruitments occur at top firms?
Is it even possible to get to Wall Street, specifically New York over Chicago firms, as a Northwestern Undergrad? And by possible, I mean a percentage greater than "well there were two guys who came from..."
Here's a breakdown of pros and cons from my vantage point:
Staying at Northwestern BS MD
- The EASY EASY path.
- Guaranteed admission to a top medical school, meaning I can do whatever the hell I want (and by that I mean take extra classes in management/econ and eventually make more money as a doctor by opening my own practice or moving up the ranks in hospital management)
- Parents are surgeon and dermatologist, so I have lots of insider info as well as connections.
- It's guaranteed that I'll eventually be a doctor. As a specialist I could make 200K+, if I pursue surgery then income opens up to 400+
- Someone remind me why I wanted to do medicine.
- I don't make money until YEARS after my bros who are balling in tech and finance. Or even engineering. This is a sad prospect.
Transition to Finance
- Finance is the wholesome path of absolute glory. A James Bond film, but smarter, edgier, and with Sean Connery instead of Pierce Brosnan.
- Money flows in fast, right out of undergrad.
- Diverse exit opportunities, finance and banking lends well to so many other career advents.
- Transferring to a target school is far from guaranteed. I have some application hooks like a novel that's going to be published, but even that itself is a crapshoot.
- I have no idea what the shit actually goes on inside the glass skyscrapers nor do I have connections.
PLEASE HELP. I AM DESPERATE for knowledge/info/advice especially because I'm walking in with 0/20 vision when it comes to finance. If any altruistic soul truly wants to give specific advice, message me and I will hook you up with my resume/stats so you can better gauge my position.
I really appreciate it.