I'm currently a first year Physics student studying at Imperial College and want to pursue a career in Investment Banking. I know compared to LSE Imperial College is almost unheard of to the general public in the US. I was wondering, however, amongst top investment banks in America and on wall street, is Imperial College also unheard of? Will I be disadvantaged if I apply for a job on Wall Street/Investment Banks in America?
Will My British Education Be Recognized on Wall Street?
It's harder to get a job, in the US, if you aren't a citizen, not only because it's harder to get your foot in the door for interviews, but also because you would need a work visa which presents challenges which present its own set of challenges.
Imperial College is not well known in the United States but is considered a top school in the United Kingdom. You would have a lot of opportunities over there assuming your marks were high and you placed competitively. Your best chances would be to finish school in the UK and get a job at one of their international banks. After a few years, you may be able to get a transfer to an American office.
The real problem is that most of the hiring on Wall Street at an undergrad/grad level is done through on-campus interviews. Your best bet would be to get a job at a US investment banking London and then try transferring in a few years if the US is really where you want to be. Physics at Imperial is a great background if you want to work in the City as a trader in any case.
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