This site has a lot of information available for prospective analysts but lacks a lot of content for prospective associates. Since we are in MBA application season, I thought it may be helpful to create a mega thread that discusses investment banking as a post business school career.
Here are some existing sources that may be helpful:
Life in Post-MBA IB:
I will be attending business school starting fall of 2015 and had some questions that I thought the above posts didn't answer.
1) With no finance background, what can a prospective associate do before attending business school to prepare themselves for IB? How common are pre-MBA IB internships? Are there any introduction to finance books that would be helpful?
2) How many years of experience do you need in IB before you can land a good corporate development role? What are some other common exit opportunities?
3)Do M7 IB associates get placed in industry groups or M&A groups? How common is it for them to enter other product groups?
4) How much does the workload change as you progress from A1 to VP year over year?