what should a high school senior do to get ready for banking?

Are there any certifications; online or in person you guys would recommend in things like excel or Bloomberg ? additionally any books you would recommend to read on the topics. I have already read John Hulls future options and other derivatives.

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Jun 30, 2020

thank you for your insightful response brotha

Jun 30, 2020

why's that?

  • Intern in PE - Other
Jun 30, 2020

have a life

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Jun 30, 2020

you do realize you can still go out party and have time to be productive right ? is wanting to study finance in my free time such a bad thing ?

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Jun 30, 2020
  1. Read a WSO Prep guides
  2. Take an Excel course
  3. Learn introductory accounting/take an accounting course at local CC
  4. Start networking with local IBs for Fall/Winter/Summer internships
  5. After securing a IB internship go network with PE shops
  6. Network with top shops for SA positions

Do this while getting good grades and staying involved. Also as a highschooler, I would and talk to local business to see if you can "work"(volunteer) to get experience.

Feel Free to PM me.

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Jun 30, 2020

Be careful.

What you have read has nothing to do with banking, thats more related with S&T

If I were you I would do the most to enjor your years. If you develop a good understanding of the market (read economic newspapers) and learn how to PPT / Excel little by little that would be quite impressive. So you would be ready.

But chill, its very important to have fun in your life

Jun 30, 2020

any banking related books you recommend?

Jun 30, 2020

What It Takes by Stephen A. Schwarzman

Jun 30, 2020

next time u troll get the name of the book right

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jun 30, 2020

For real though chill tf out. You're in high school god damn it. You can start looking at banking material after you take an intro accounting course. Try taking one your freshman year.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jun 30, 2020

You know any other year I'd have recommended just having fun the summer before college, but that's not really possible.

Honestly if you really want to get ahead this early, just try to learn some basic accounting.

Edit: Oh wait you're a rising high school senior. Dude just get into a target and have fun next summer. Network early once college actually starts, but don't bother before.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jun 30, 2020

1) above all else get into a target or at least a semi

2) learn accounting

3) repeating that part about getting into a target, at least transfer to a transfer-friendly semi like Vanderbilt or USC or Cornell

Jul 2, 2020

Cornell is a solid target and has much better recruiting than both those schools.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jun 30, 2020

An important certification is being a world class pussy slayer. This will take you far in banking

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jun 30, 2020

The best thing you can do right now is work on getting your liver top notch. Get that tolerance up, enjoy senior summer, get ready to live it up (as much as covid allows) freshman year, and worry about banking later. If you're a lightweight you won't vibe at cocktail hours and you fail the airport test automatically.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 30, 2020

I would agree with a lot of the advice on how you should chill for the most part. but:

1) make sure you absolutely get into a target school or a semi-target. I go to a non-target and would have changed it if I had an option.

2) make sure you have an internship between high-school and college atleast for some time. it'll give you an edge up at every step, when you have to get into clubs, when you have to get the sophomore internship, and when you have to get the top junior internship.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 2, 2020

What if the internship is unrelated to finance but in tech? Will firms care about it if I try to recruit for a freshman boutique IB internship?

Jul 1, 2020
  1. Get into a top school. Take this one step at a time. After you start college you can worry about technicals and accounting.
  2. Relax! Work on social life/making friends/conversations etc. If you are serious about a future career in high finance, you will need to have influence and social skills (more so at senior level). It's hard to suddenly turn your social skills and personal friend network around but technicals can be learned in a week. You may be a good analyst with lacking social skills, but you will never be a senior in high finance without it (unless you a true quant genius).x
Jul 2, 2020

Get seriously FUCKED UP and go to the GYM and build some MUSCLE and get together with some GIRLS. You can go do your hermit nerd shit 3 weeks before the exam once you're in college.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 2, 2020

This x1000.

Work hard when you need to but enjoy what won't last forever, namely the freedom you have this summer and the four years you have in college. Don't waste it

Jul 5, 2020

bro I bench 275 for a 3x3 I think I'm doing fine in that department

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 2, 2020

When anyone is in high school, you should be focused on getting into a good college and having fun. That's it. No one will take you seriously if you try to network with them. You have plenty of time to learn accounting and excel later. Close this website and don't come back until you're in college. Making yourself a finance hardo while you're in high school will just make you a miserable person who hates themself. Also, by far the most important thing you can do right now is learn social skills. Go to a party and make some memories. You'll have plenty of years to grind once college arrives.

Jul 5, 2020
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Jul 6, 2020