Hey guys, freshman in college. I'm at community college and plan to transfer to, hopefully UC Berkeley, but probably UC Santa Barbara as it's my best shot (I'll obviously be applying for target schools, but this is worst case scenario) . Since I'm pretty much at the bottom of the bottom of the recruiting process, I have a couple questions and requests for advice.
Have any of you ever come across a prior CC student, whether it be a SA or FT Analyst?
Since I'm already way behind, I've already started networking and have gotten a few connections. I'm going to keep networking but realized that majority of bankers I speak to right now won't even be there in a couple years when it's my turn, so would it be appropriate for me to ask "do you plan to stay long term?" when talking to bankers? I see it as another topic of conversation.
I also know being able to work with other people and having some sort of social skills is highly important. I wanted to ask exactly HOW important? I don't want to toot my own horn but I think my social skills are decent enough for me to make friends with just about anyone, hence the confidence in networking easily. For example, when compared to technicals (currently learning, but struggling with actually obtaining the knowledge), will it set me ahead? Say the interview process went extremely well on a personal/social level yet I kind of slipped up with the technicals, will I be safe (obviously depending on the interviewer)?
Lastly, does anyone have any pieces of advice, recommendations (I know the focus in school, high GPA), etc.? Any bankers willing to connect/speak? This is going to be a looooooooonggggg few years (not including IB itself lol) so I appreciate any feedback or responses!
Thank you so much in advance, especially if you read the whole thing.