High school student networking and university advice for IBD/Corp Finance
Hey, I'm a senior in high school ( Asia) looking to pursue a career inhas interested me the most. I have done quite a bit of reading on WSO and other forums about corp finance careers, so I do have a decent idea of what goes on.
My main question is about target schools in the UK. From what I can make out, LSE, Oxbridge, Warwick ,and UCL are the main ones and at-least 2-3 of those are on my targets as my IB predicted scores will likely be around 42/45. If any alumni from said colleges who have gone into a finance career in general could share their experiences and what type of networking/internships they did, I would really appreciate it. I would also really like to know how people from non-targets transitioned into these careers and beat the odds.
Secondly, what advice would you give to a high school senior, and eventually university student, to network and connect with people in the industry. While it's still quite early for me to be dead set on IBD, I would really like getting to know students and people in the industry ( That's why I'm on WSO also) and shaping my interests/career path in that way. Mainly because I believe that you can't solely be successful off of hard work, you have to know people, work smart, and know how to socialise/have fun. As a person I would say I am a 'work hard, play hard' type and maybe that is way I am inclined to this career outlook( alongside the obvious fact that I enjoy the subjects of finance/business/economics).
I apologise if my post is sort of vague, but I'm just looking for general advice/ experiences on these topics. Thanks to anyone who goes through the time to read this.