Hi everyone! (I hope I am posting this in the right spot.)
I am a sophomore at Penn State main campus who took until the end his freshman year to decide what he wanted to do, that being investment banking. I am humbled by the posts of other freshman and sophomores who have been dead-set on finance for years. Reading about some of their qualifications and I feel like I'm already miles behind!
Anyways, I'm not too dull, I think. 3.8 GPA heading toward 3.9, I've gotten involved in the finance club at my school, been learning a bunch about the industry, and have started to network a bit. I'm a finance major with Spanish and international business minors, by the way.
I want to go abroad to Spain at some point before I graduate and am having a hell of a time deciding when. Junior year in the spring seems to be the popular time to go around here, but I'm thinking aboutrecruiting and seeing a problem. I don't have an internship lined up for this summer, but plan on getting my first relevant (i.e. financial anything) experience then. I guess I should sort this mess out into some actual questions....
1. Relevant experience is generally a prerequisite to getting a summer analyst position, right? That is, I shouldn't consider going abroad this summer, should I?
2. Is a semester abroad valuable for recruiting? You have to take a bunch of easy classes (likely zero business classes b/c of college policies) in lieu of more relevant classes at PSU. If it's something I want to do for fun more than a resume line, would delaying it to senior year be a good idea? Spring vs fall semester senior year?
3. Do you think there is any point at which the opportunities available by staying put overweigh leaving for a semester? I know of more than one leadership opportunity I have coming up that would be impossible if I left for a semester.
Any advice you could give would be appreciated. Thanks!