When did you first learn about investment banking as a career choice? Though I'd been exposed to the media stereotype of the wealthy/greedy investment banker since I was a kid, I didn't really learn about ibanking in great detail until I was much older.
After 3 years of studying electrical engineering at a top 20 public-school (non-target), I abruptly decided one day to pursue a career in business/finance. I happened to come across a community of people at my school who scoffed at the IT Consulting, Risk Management, and Investment Research positions that I thought were prestigious at the time. They were the wannabe investment bankers... a relatively sharp group of kids who would give their right arms to work in banking (and many eventually would... without sacrificing an appendage, that is). It was from these kids that I first learned about M&A, PE, target schools, and the top MBA programs.
So when did you really first consider banking as a career? After you started working full-time? Freshman year of college? High school? Earlier??
Would maybe make an interesting poll....