OK, I've always been impressed with SoftBank and Masayoshi Son because this guy publishes a 30 year plan. Can you imagine? He thinks 30 years ahead. Let's linger not on the impracticalities of this, but the principle...
My nephew is thinking about breaking into finance, and he's terribly self-aware for an incoming college freshman. I've given him my 0.02, but I'd love to hear your own; so now I propose the aforementioned thought experiment to you: imagine you're a freshman in college. Let's say a target school for all intents and purposes. You want to break into finance, let's specifically say. You want that SA in junior year, and the guaranteed career after. How do you go about doing it?
My own thoughts:
- Network: with your class, with other classes, with everyone and anyone interested in also breaking into finance. Use the careers office well and get to know them early on, and express your interest in finding a finance-related internship in your Freshman year. On top of this, go to information sessions, etc. Get those cards, and e-mail them-- not just once.
- Develop your story: on top of developing your story on 'why finance' that is somewhat believable, develop a hook. Just like during college apps, you need something to set yourself apart. You love fly-fishing? Pursue it for four years. Show consistency, it's a valuable quality.
- School: get goods grades. 3.8+, because you can, of course not at the expense of the other equally important things on this list. But if you're Summers: have a plan. Use each summer wisely. Freshman , sophomore year accounting... This will help you land your SA junior year.
- Develop useful skills: and the ability to articulate ideas eloquently, but not pompously.
Your thoughts? Perhaps specifically on summers. How would you plot your 4 year time at college, if you had the opportunity to-- whichthe realistic ideal target. Perhaps a stint at a boutique in sophomore year?