Is it ok to bring a backpack to work in Asset Management?

Might be a stupid question but I start my internship this summer and I wanted to bring my backpack for anything I needed to bring home. I don't know what's typical in high finance gigs but the office seemed slightly on the casual side (some people were dressed clean-cut but with tennis shoes on a Thursday). Also I assume it'd be pretentious for an analyst to bring a briefcase and messenger bags are too hipster/not masculine for my taste

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Mar 7, 2017

If you're planning to pack a bomb on your way to work and a skull on your way home, that's probably not a good idea. But, generally, I don't think people really care.

Mar 7, 2017

I had a friend who wore a backpack while working in high finance and he too wore tennis shoes on a Thursday...haven't seen him since

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Mar 7, 2017

My company has a backpack wall of shame. You are forced to take a back to school picture with it on, which is hung on the wall below the backpack. You cannot take it home and you will be ridiculed forever.

In all seriousness, nobody really cares. I don't agree that a messenger/briefcase is pretentious, but I guess it all depends on your co-workers. Feel it out, nobody else can tell you what makes sense. As long as its not something outrageous, I think you'll be okay, especially if your colleagues are nice people. Whats the worst that happens? Someone makes a light-hearted joke?

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Mar 7, 2017
ai215:

My company has a backpack wall of shame. You are forced to take a back to school picture with it on, which is hung on the wall below the backpack. You cannot take it home and you will be ridiculed forever.

The amount of disappointment I experienced upon realizing that this was a joke....

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Mar 8, 2017

i'm sorry to disappoint. I manage the interns though, so maybe I should start this in the summer

Mar 7, 2017

Duffle bags and backpacks are common, especially if you bring your laptop home everyday and pack gym clothes. I wouldn't sweat it, but of course each environment is different.

Mar 7, 2017

lol nobody cares...

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Mar 7, 2017

Assert dominance, use a roller backpack.

Mar 7, 2017

I did that my senior year of college. I lost my backpack because I was an idiot and my friend had a large roller bag he would use as a mini suitcase, so I borrowed it. I felt like a pimp rolling that thing around in the library.

Mar 8, 2017

equivalent to a pull cart on the golf course

Mar 7, 2017

Messenger bags are the way to go, they are not hipster/girly at all in the modern world. Maybe 10 years ago but they're in style now.

That being said, nothing inherently wrong with a backpack, I would however suggest buying a somewhat nicer backpack and not showing up with a 10 year old Jansport. You want to look professional. Black, brown, grey or canvas are the best options, depending on what else you wear. You don't want to look like a kid, you want to inspire trust, and appearance can help with that. Just like how you won't show up with a cheap ass junkie briefcase your granddad gave you, don't show up with some cheap ass junkie backpack.

I think that a nice leather gym bag may actually be a more professional option than a backpack and accomplishes the same result. To someone 10+ years into their career, seeing a 22 year old with a backpack screams "I was JUST a student", seeing a 22 year old with a gym bag says "I take care of myself and maintain a healthy lifestyle". If you're in NYC, you won't wear the backpack anyways, it's 100 deg in the subway through the summer. That's death to your shirt and everyone around you (sweat city).

Regardless, just look at what your colleagues use. Every office has different culture. If more than one or two people are already bringing backpacks, bring something in similar style. If nobody brings a backpack to work, ask yourself if this is worth standing out over.

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Mar 7, 2017

My company has a cubby where we all put our backpacks when we first get in.

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Mar 7, 2017

Depends on the culture of your firm, some are more formal than others. For most a backpack would be fine. If you want to play it safe you can't go wrong with a messenger.

Mar 7, 2017

I got some shit once from a superior for having a Jansport type backpack last summer. It wasn't a big deal, but he was right that it did make me look like a student. Would just go for a nice briefcase/messenger bag; that's what I plan on doing this summer.

Mar 8, 2017

Check out the "Parker Backpack" from Leatherology. $280, very classy look, leather of course. Not as big as a backpacking backpack, but quite suitable for work. I don't use one myself but have given several as gifts: very appreciated and in daily use. I use a Leatherology laptop bag ($160) when needed.

Mar 8, 2017

if you do...always remember

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Mar 8, 2017

No, bringing a backpack will result in you being put in the towers and shot at dawn. Bringing a man bag will result in a beating, followed by it and you being burned.

Grow the fuck up and get a secretary or pa to carry your shit around, preferably a hot one that can keep you entertained turn slow days.

Mar 9, 2017

If you bring the backpack make sure you put way to many things in it and loosen the straps as much as possible so it is hanging low to the ground, this will show everyone you are one of the cool kids....

Mar 13, 2017

when the fuck did this become a fashion forum?

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Mar 13, 2017

Pretty much when this website was founded.

Mar 15, 2017

Touche

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Mar 15, 2017

Scandinavian guys approve it

Mar 15, 2017

We encourage it

Mar 15, 2017

I would recommend a matching suit

Mar 15, 2017

I really hope you are kidding. Google Cole Haan Pebble Leather Backpack. That would be more appropiate.

Mar 15, 2017
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