Hello guys, new member to WSO here!
I am a UK undergrad. student due to start university at a so-called "target school" in September, studying Electrical Engineering and management/finance.
I am only 18 and have no experience in IB/accounting though have some decent work experience/exposure in engineering.
My academics are decent, nothing amazing, but I feel like they are good enough, since they got me into a very good university for a competitive course.
I was just wondering, how some of you guys in CF/Strategy consulting at IB's and Big 4 got there, and if there's anything that wish you would have known when you were younger. I will be applying for some general one day insights at IB's opened for pre-university students, and have also applied for work exp. in investment management at a boutique firm which I have nearly got. I've also got another pre-university internship/work exp. at a strategy department at a global engineering company lined up this summer too.
I don't really feel like I want to work in IBD or S&T and so I feel like it would be a waste of time applying for internships there in spring/summer, and I don't quite understand how you go straight from undergrad. to a CF position or a strategy consulting job at a Big 4 or IB. I have only seen graduate opportunities in Technology consulting/management consulting in the UK. I also heard companies like KPMG/PwC only take on a couple of CF analysts a year, meaning that it could be even harder to get into than very reputable IB analyst position.
Say at a Big 4, would it be worth applying for audit/financial advisory internships and go from there? And should I just apply for FO internships at the IB's, even if some aspects don't appeal to me?
I know I should be open to all opportunities since I have no experience in finance/high finance at all, though I feel like if I don't narrow down my options now, it will be too late to do anything once I've graduated and I could be stuck in audit/MO, which I also have very little interest in, but are less competitive.
(((((((Also, you may be wondering why I'm studying engineering. I chose this as I didn't really find accounting and finance/business management that interesting as a course, and have never studies economics. I was considering Mathematics/Physics but in the end chose engineering as it opens up more opportunities in industries I haven't even explored yet. I've also heard that recruiting for engineers is good since we are numerate/logical)))))))