I am a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis (top 15 overall undergrad, Olin is top 15 undergrad b-school, go Cardinals) and am looking for some advice on how to approach my next 4 years. I've been reading WSO for about a year now and have at least a cursory understanding of the attitudes here so I won't bullshit any of you; I'm looking for the best way to prepare myself for a job in (I think) finance and the most lucrative career possible. From what I understand finance and accounting seem to be the best degrees for high salaries and career advancements in the financial industry. Current interests include I-banking and hedgefunds, subject to change.
I can get a high enough GPA, my main question concerns areas of study. I am thinking about minoring in math and/or economics or possibly majoring in finance or one of those two. What would you recommend? I also am interested in mechanical engineering, CS/EE is not my thing so I am not sure how useful Mech E would be to a financial career.
My second plan of attack is to major in engineering and go into that field first and then make the jump to the corporate/management/financial side of the engineering firm ASAP.
The dillema I am facing is pretty much dependent on the state of the economy in 2015 when I graduate. I would prefer to go into the financial industry over engineering but I don't know how healthy this industry will be come graduation. What do you think the job prospects will look like in 4 years? Olin places students extremely well, at least according to their official stats, I do think this is true as I know a few kids who have jobs lined up with Goldman,, , . after they graduate. Olin kind of straddles the fence, not a target school per se for the firms I just listed but still sends grads to the street where there is a small but connected alumni group.
So any recommendations/comments/concerns are greatly appreciated.
Also does study abroad matter? I have a lot of options.