IB UK (from India)

Hi I'm from India. I'm planning to do MSc fin from T1 Universities in UK.
My profile is fairly good for them to accept me.
I have a (BSc fin)9cgpa, 740 gmat, cfa lvl 2, 2 internship, 1 in ER, 1 as a FA, some EC and leadership xp

And my post masters goal is to work in IB UK.
I'm concerned about the job scenario post bc I haven't seen many Indians working in IB who had their Master's from LSE or lbs or even oxford.
But Indians who are infact working in IB have completed their bachelor's at such universities, Are master's courses are just a monetary gain for such universities? And what should I do in order to work in IB UK bc I can't just come back home without paying that big hefty loan amount which I will take when pursuing Master's.
Please give me your honest advice as I clearly can't think for myself atm.

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  • Intern in IB - CB
Jun 5, 2021 - 10:56pm

I'm also from India but doing my masters in one of the European countries (france / Germany) and I go to a target school for London IB recruitment and have had a bit of a success getting internships in 2-3 good places. Given my limited experience and view into the matter, I can give you my take, but I might be wrong to an extent.

So, the problem with masters in the uk is that it's close to 10-11 months, and you do not have any gaps to do an internship. Your prior experiences in india won't speak much unless it's from one of the TOP BBs (likes of axis cap or sbi capital doesn't count). Most of your competition in masters have one or two internships in this area in an European context and will always get shortlisted over you. So, I am not gonna lie but it's going to be very tough to break into IB, as an Indian without experience, in UK.

However, I'd still say, if you get admitted into one of the schools, come here and try your luck getting into IB. It sure is competitive, but not impossible. Also if not IB, you'll get a job in a different industry, which shouldn't be the end of the world imo.

Jun 10, 2021 - 12:49pm

Most internships in the UK are only for those currently studying, with some allowing recent grads (less than one year out from UNi) to apply. You might be lucky and get one post-graduation, you most certainly will not get a chance to do more.

Jun 6, 2021 - 1:14am

Hi guys!

I'm in the exact same boat and want to work in UK IBD. I'm currently working in a European Bank in the IBD mid-office with 1.5 years of exp. and looking to apply for UK Masters for the 2022 cycle. I'm a CFA L3 candidate.

Any help here would be highly appreciated.

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