IB Analysts, what would you do if you had 6 months off?

I'm graduating college one semester early at the end of this week, I'm going back FT to the EB I worked at this summer, and I don't want to stay on campus until May for graduation

How would you recommend spending this time, in both productive and fun ways? Currently planning on traveling to South America to see relatives, spending time with friends at home, but also considering some kind of internship, GMAT prep, preparing for on-cycle PE recruiting etc

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Dec 12, 2019 - 5:22pm

I've seen a few different routes from friends who graduated early and they all ended up being similarly happy after the first month on the job (All of them MBB/BB IBD) because they picked the path that made the most sense to them.

Two of my friends traveled abroad: One to Hong Kong, the other to Australia

One friend stayed at home, studied for the GMAT, planned his Business School Apps, and chilled with family

One friend worked at a startup in the area in a BD role.

One friend decided to stay at school, take easy classes to boost his GPA and enjoy senior spring.

I would say they are all equally happy, and all seem like valid options to me. Of course, months into their jobs their happiness levels varied drastically depending on fit/culture/awful bosses/etc... but none of that had anything to do with how they spent their free semester+summer.

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:58pm

Is college not fun to you? Why not stay, take a job, and continue to enjoy the social benefits of being on campus? You can go to Europe when you're too old to be a frat god.

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Dec 13, 2019 - 1:05pm

I would avoid all of the last three things you mentioned:
1) Internship - unless you are really strapped for cash I wouldn't use this time to work. Any experience you get at a random PE/HF firm will be limited in value and responsibility compared to the job you are about to start. I don't think it will make any difference for buyside recruiting

2) Studying for GMAT - Can always do this on the side when you start work (or even now in the initial weeks while you figure out your plan).

3) Prepping for Interviews - Again maybe devote a little time before you start your job but do not make this a multi-month focus

You have to realize you will get very few opportunities to take significant (e.g. more than 7-10 days off) at a time once you start working. This severely limits your ability to do extended travel. South America is great and I have loved the time I've spent down there (especially Patagonia region). Would also consider farther places like Asia-Pacific that you rarely will get the opportunity to visit during working life due to the distance. The campus suggestion is good too - senior year 2nd semester was one of my favorite and it would have been awesome to be there without class responsibilities on top of it.

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