I am currently a first year university student. My school isn't exactly a top school, but it is known, and ranks within the top forty schools in the United States, according to the USNWR. Additionally, I plan to major in finance.
In the past few months or so, I have been reading some blogs about the finance industry - more particularly, the investment banking business. I have read some more books on the subject, and I find investment banking to be a possibly palatable career choice for me in the future. That said, I am not exactly down for i-banking, but I do want to work in some capacity in finance somewhere - be it corporate finance, investment banking, etc.
So, my question is: Is it too early to start networking with alumni who are currently working in the finance industry? I haven't taken any courses in finance or accounting yet, and will not do so until my sophomore year. That said, I haven't been able to find any real finance internships for freshmen either.
I am not exactly begging for a job right now (I work 15 hours a week at a local supermarket, and it pays reasonably well), but I am wondering if starting early with the networking process might give me a leg up over my classmates when it comes to searching for internships junior year.
And also, if I do network with alumni - how should I start the conversation?
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