The title says it all really. I have aspirations to become an investment banker. I have read a lot of conflicting sources about people saying that the best way to become an investment banker is right after an MBA where you usually get hired as an associate but others say that this is not the case and employers value work experience more than MBA; so joining as an analyst after completing a degree. So what is the best route of going about becoming a *successful * investment banker?
Also, another thing how valuable is work experience against high grades/degree honours?