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Aug 25, 2010

I have a 3.0 gpa, work 25 hours/week at a freight dock, run 2 organizations and sit on the board for SGA. You should be able to handle it. I saved a lot of easy classes for my senior year so my GPA will shoot up quite a bit. Just find a balance.

Aug 25, 2010

Too many variables like how many hours per week, what type of hours and what type of job to answer directly.

You will probably have the time, I am currently in school and know that I don't spend every minute studying, but you may have to give up a night of going out, playing on that inter mural team or other non-studying pass times.

One major reason why I don't want/have a job at school is because of the rigidity it may add to your schedule. I know I probably have the time to work, but I am worried about when those shifts would be. I don't want to be locked into working, have shit hit the fan with an assignment that is due the next day, and not have enough time to accommodate the unexpected problem because I have to go to work.

Finally, if you are getting a job, getting something as relevant as possible may actually help. This is a a bit of a long shot but if your a teller for the year at a bank you lie, you may be able to get your manager to try swing you a spot in retail or commercial banking for a summer internship and then network your way towards the end job you desire within that company.

Aug 25, 2010

I have 3.8+ GPA and have worked since freshman year, now in senior year. The work has been relevant to my major (finance) and worked anywhere from 20-35 hours a week, depending on how many credits I was taking (15-18). I also helped manage investment club and actively involved in other organizations.

I must say though, I have no life and like learning. Dont Judge, haha.

You can do it though, just focus and work hard.

Aug 25, 2010

If you financially have to do it, just do it. If you can avoid it do school full time. You will be missing out on a lot of the intangibles that come with being a full time student.

Aug 25, 2010

although i didn't manage to get a 3.7 gpa in college, I maintained a 3.5 GPA while going to school full time and making about 100k running a small biz on the side.

Some days while some of the kids came to school dressed sharply in their suits, I carried bags of mail I needed to drop off at the Post Office during my class break lol.

Aug 25, 2010

Thanks for the inspiration, it definitely helps knowing you guys had solid GPA's while maintaining jobs.

I was considering getting a mundane administrative gig at a bank which I assumed would help give me a finance background and the money would definitely help me get out of debt.

I'm willing to take on the debt if it affects me greatly, but if getting the job means I can pay for school, still attain a strong GPA, and hit up the occasional bar night, there's nothing more I could ask for.

Aug 25, 2010

I worked 20 hours a week, was very active in a few campus groups, and maintained a 3.9+ GPA.

It's definitely possible to maintain a strong GPA and work, but it will take a lot of effort. Like someone said above me, you will likely not have the time to go out a ton, but you should still definitely have some time for fun.

You should go for the job. In fact, it may help you out down the road. Most places I interviewed with were impressed that I could keep a high GPA in a relatively tough major while working and being involved in other things. I'm sure it helped me secure my spot in a FT analyst class at a BB. (And I go to a non-target school, so I was in an even worse position than you are now.)

Good luck!

Aug 25, 2010

I did a ML PWM internship part time for 25 hrs/wk during the second semester of my school year and I got a 3.7 GPA, but I took a lighter course load so maybe you should take it a bit easy with classes.

Aug 25, 2010

Is working part time during the school year really that big a deal? I have the option of continuing to work at my summer internship place part-time during the school year. The marginal benefit to my resume (in terms of bullet points) will be fairly low, and I could do some serious networking with BB folk if I didn't take the job.

I'm undecided between IBD and trading, and I would also like to acquire the necessary skills (math/stat/cs) for a shot at a stat arb quant fund. Thoughts?

Aug 25, 2010
chewingum:

Is working part time during the school year really that big a deal? I have the option of continuing to work at my summer internship place part-time during the school year. The marginal benefit to my resume (in terms of bullet points) will be fairly low, and I could do some serious networking with BB folk if I didn't take the job.

I'm undecided between IBD and trading, and I would also like to acquire the necessary skills (math/stat/cs) for a shot at a stat arb quant fund. Thoughts?

Working during school isn't a huge deal, just a personal decision of how you want to spend your time/if you need money.

What kind of work was your internship? - no point in holding on to a mindless job (unless you want the money)

Aug 26, 2010

Similar story, did double major at a non-target but solid tier 2. I worked 2 jobs throughout college (non-industry) and maintained a (not that solid) 3.4. I was still able to go out and have, what I deem, to be a great social life.

The key is also getting the right job(s). Generally the industry related jobs will pay you well enough but working at the campus dining hall will pay crap and you'll be doing a lot of work. One of mine was a computer tech job I started freshman year, was bumped up to manager sophomore year and held that throughout. I was paid to sit at my desk and do about 15 minutes of actual work every hour and then I could do coursework/ play texttwist the rest of the time.

It also sets you apart from cookie cutter resumes who have never worked before their internships and have clearly had to separate study/work. It shows you can handle multiple things at once and at the end of the day, when you're at your interview, its all how you spin it and tell the story.

Its definitely doable. Good luck.

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  •  Aug 26, 2010

The only reason I got in the door, was because I worked while in school. I worked full time and went to class full time. Had a great GPA. I had just switched into finance from something else so I knew little on the technicals. They all told me it was because of my work ethic. You figure 40 hrs of work plus 16 hours of class plus studying (I also commuted between NJ and NYC on top of that) and actually doing well goes along way. When they asked the " Whats a typical Tuesday like for you," and my answer is 6am -1130pm, they get all smiles.

This is at a "semi" target also.

Aug 26, 2010

If you have to do it, then you'll make it work. I spent a decent amount of time petitioning alumni for "gifts" a few days a week during dinner time. I was able to pull down a decent GPA and have a little spending cash on the side.

Aug 26, 2010

i've done jobs throughout high school and college for the past 3 years and trust me its manageable, just dont be dumb or watses time.

Aug 26, 2010

it depends on the nature of your part-time work. If it's financial services related, I would go for it. If you are working at J. Crew, I wouldn't.

Aug 28, 2010

Been working since I was 14.

During school I would work 25-35 hours a week in winter months and 35-70 hours a week in spring and summer working around classes. Maintained a 3.9 GPA at a private nontarget and a great social life as well. Still partied and went out on weekends.. sometimes Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays my fresh/soph years of school.. haha

I needed to work to pay some bills.. Gotta do what you gotta do! If I didnt need to work, I probably wouldnt have worked as much but I enjoyed it and enjoyed school.

It pays off. My experience, even though not finance related, got me in the door. The unique work that I did, work ethic, attitude and personality was enough to overshadow the fact that im not from a "target" school.

Sep 12, 2010
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