What should I do to secure a spring week before I start university?

Hello,

 

So I'm from the UK and planning to go to a Target or a Semi-target (have offers from both, but logistically the semi is more suitable so still undecided). I've been told how important spring weeks are, and I'm wondering if there's anything I should do in the next 6 months before I go to university to boost my chances? 

I was thinking of taking the basics of financial modelling with the wall street basic package, but not sure if that'll provide any benefit at my age? I've been learning SQL and Python just for fun and took a few courses on corporate finance last year, is there anything else I might need to do?

Comments (4)

 
Feb 20, 2021 - 4:38am

You don't need to do any of that stuff, it's not gonna help you get a spring. What you need to do is get some experience on your CV. Look for sixth form programs to participate in or use any family connections you have so that your interest in finance is extremely obvious on your CV.

 

 
Feb 23, 2021 - 8:57am

Thank you, I don't have any family connections (literally none) but I secured 2 week's work experience in the finance department of an aerospace firm last summer, and virtual work experience at Grant Thornton. That's about it, I've found it hard to find work experience due to covid but I'll continue emailing small corporate finance firms in my area to request it.

I think I have enough on my CV to demonstrate my interest in finance though, just no experience to go alongside which is an issue.

 
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Feb 23, 2021 - 9:03am

As a 17/18 year old, no one is going to give you considerable experience. What you have sounds decent. I'd expand your search from corp fin to any sort of finance (PWM, corp fin, AM etc.).

Also re your semi vs target dilemma. Go for the target. Your life will be made 100x easier.

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