Going into senior year recruiting advice

Hi monkeys,

I'm currently entering my senior year at a top UK university in London (think Imperial, UCL, LSE) studying Mathematics, and just finished my year with a 3.7-4.0 GPA (1st class degree for you British folks).

My goal is to work in Corporate Banking in the US (I have the right to work there) and I would need to go back to the US for my first job for personal reasons. 

I have two options, which are to try and find a job in the US directly, or to pursue a Masters at an American or British University.

Given my grades, but no relevant banking experience (I just completed a finance internship in continental Europe this summer but that's it), would it be worth it to try and network and hunt for a good Corporate Banking job for next year right now, or would the better course of action be to focus all my efforts on studying for the GRE and preparing my applications for a top MSF program like Princeton, MIT, or Vandy and then starting my job search from there? 

If you believe the MSF is the way, would it be worth it to go to the LSE or Oxbridge for a Masters to then try and get a job in the US right after it ends? 

Thanks for all your help :) 

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Comments (5)

  • Intern in AM - Equities
Aug 5, 2021 - 4:44pm

Tbh you might be a little bit late to the game even for corp finance at a bank. If you can do a Masters in Finance at Vanderbilt or UVA in the states it'd def give you a better shot.

Vise versa if you have some crazy good connections start using them. It helps you are able to work in the U.S.

  • Intern in PropTrad
Aug 5, 2021 - 7:26pm

recruiting into the US out of a uk uni is gna be tough as hell, even if it's LSE/Oxford Cambridge MPhil finance isn't as good as the other two MFin). Since recruiting in the US works from OCR and networking it's gna be tough but as a US citizen you can give it a go - although breaking into london and then moving to NYC is the straightforward path I imagine. Should also consider LBS since it's likely stronger than LSE and maybe oxford too for the recruiting network.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Aug 15, 2021 - 7:18pm

Apply everywhere. Make sure you click the button that says you don't need and will never need sponsorship. You will be able to find something.

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