No Clubs at College

Hi, I am a Sophomore studying at a west coast target school. I had an internship last summer and I am continuing part-time. I have also done some research under a professor. However, I am not really involved in any finance clubs/ business frats on campus and was wondering if that will raise any red flags during recruitment. I have applied, but the finance organization at my school are hard to get in and very cliquey (in the sense that they mostly accept people that are friends with current members). I am worried that during interviews the question will come up or they will question my interest in finance. What do you guys think? Am I overthinking it, or should I try join one this or next semester?

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Sep 27, 2019 - 12:09am

Depends on the school, but for many east coast targets the investment funds and clubs do matter and the most elite one's have specific recruiting pipelines.

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:06am

Try to join if it is like a network. I know some schools have IB networks that have relatively high placement into IB. You could even "network" your way in to the club and make friends with whosever in it.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:17am

Join non-finance clubs, anything that has some planning and leadership involved.


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Sep 27, 2019 - 12:48pm

Not a red flag, but it can be a really good resource. Given that you're only a sophomore I'd try applying again. I'd imagine that there are a bunch of different business/finance clubs on campus so you should be able to find something that helpful.

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