Hey guys ! I am an international applicant (indian) and I will be starting my undegrad later this year. I want to get into IB at a BB after undergrad (preferably in NYC) with alternate preferences towards consulting, asset management and real estate, in that order. I currently have offers from University of Southern California Dornsife, Boston University CAS, Fordham University (Gabelli), Colgate University, Hamilton College, Davidson College and University of San Francisco. In the UK, I have offers from King's College London, Cass Business School and University of Warwick. (not considering
01 Apr 2021
Hey guys, I'm a rising sophomore at a target school, and I'm currently doing two internships this summer. One is remotely at a MM Asian investment bank, where I'm mostly doing grunt work, but the other one is a NYC boutique where I'm currently working on a SPAC M&A deal. I have the MM Asian bank on my resume, but I want to add the NYC boutique as well because I feel like it would be very helpful to show legitimate transaction experience. However, I've seen others on this site say that it's a bad idea to put two internships in the same summer on my resume. How do I go about showing both of
24 Jun 2021
Hello everyone, I am a 24 year old student and of course I hate my current job. I want to become an Investment Banker after wasting 3 years studying Nursing. I wanted to know if you guys had any tips on school, coursework, etc. I encourage all onions related to entering this field whether they are good or bad. Imagine this... if you could offer any advice to yourself back when you decided this was the career path you wanted to take. What would it be? I am currently working on my BA in Business with a focus on finance. I am not at a target school! In fact, its an online degree! I am a single
30 May 2021
Hello everyone, I am a French student graduating in 2023 and I was wondering if it would be possible to apply for summer internships in the US for 2022 (I saw that several banks and shops had already opened their applications for this region). I plan to apply for summer internships in London but recruitment only starts in August/September 2021. I just wanted to know if it would be worth applying for summer internships in the US before then as well? Do I have any chance compared to US students? My background only consists of several sales internships and a 4 month internship in a Big Four
26 Feb 2021
So I'm not really sure how I should be asking for an industry suggestion since I'm a student, but I've done a fair amount of research on both ER and IB, but I'm not quite sure how I'd fit in so I'd like to hear from people in the industry where they think I belong since you have a fair amount of experience. I enjoy writing and researching, which makes me think that ER is perfect for me, especially considering in IB most of the work is lackluster and although there is research as an element, you're mostly just pushing out pitchbooks and financial models (correct me if I'm wrong) whereas an ER
05 Sep 2020
Hey guys :) I'm a rising sophomore getting a bachelors of architecture degree. I'm looking to possibly go into Real Estate, particularly development and other sectors that are more on the buildy/architecty side rather than the finance side. I have a few questions: 1. What are key experiences/skills I should know and the best ways to learn them? Classes or learn on the job experience? 2. What do real estate firms look for in new hires? To what extent are real estate firms looking for concrete skills vs more invisible stuff like soft skills/personality/leadership/critical thinking? 3. When/how
05 Aug 2019
Hello everyone, My name is David, I'm 20 years old and from the Netherlands. I've always wanted to make a career in trading, I've been studying it from a young age (mainly TA even though I am becoming more aware that TA isn't actually used as much professionally). I'm in my second year of my bachelor in Economics, which I specifically chose because I read that it was sought after for a career in trading. I've been trying my best to get a good GPA, currently around a 7.7/10. I got some sales experience to get out of my comfort zone, got some work experience in a place where you make 14hour days
24 Aug 2020
Hey everyone, I'm a freshman Finance Major at small but respectable private school in Georgia. I found this forum after talking to someone who claimed to be a VP at Morgan Stanley. While talking to him I realized I really know so much less than I thought about my prospective career, portfolio management (for example, I learned that term is too broad and I really don't actually know what career I want). Obviously I can't learn everything I need to know in one post, but what are some thing I need to start doing/looking out for while I'm still a freshman in college. What would you all have done
10 Sep 2020
What are some target school in the Netherlands and also what degree would be best to venture into IB? I know of Erasmus University but what degree would be best? Also is there any target schools with "HBO opleiding" before going to take my masters at Erasmus if that's possible?
10 Aug 2021
Good afternoon! My name is Victor and I am 21 years old. A pleasure to meet you and meet you :) I would like to work in a quant future in an HF and I would like your advice to achieve it. I am a Mathematics student at a non-target university in Spain and my grades vary a bit (in some subjects I have 7/10 points and in others I have honors) I've been reading news, value investing books, HF books and right now algorithmic trading since I was 17 years old. After years I am starting in trading since I have a little money that I can afford to spend to practice. I would like you to advise me a
06 Jun 2021
From my understanding, the recruiting process starts in the Fall with applications due in August/September. However, there are also July deadlines for undergrads seeking full-time consulting roles at least for McKinsey snd BCG. I have no idea when to apply. Will there still be August/Sept application deadlines as well? Should I go ahead and apply in July? If it helps, I'm applying to NYC, another competitive east coast office, and then probably a southern office that I think is maybe at least slightly less competitive. I'm a social sciences major (not econ) at a low/semi-target school, so I
29 May 2021
Hey all, Before any of you guys dismiss me as a 16 y/o that wants a job on "Wall Street" (i dislike when people use the cliche "I wanna work on wall street", so annoying), I've provided some credentials below and my rationale for choosing this career. Please take 2 mins out of your time to read this through. Thanks everyone I am currently a junior at a nationally ranked high school in Northern NJ (10 mins away from NYC). In my high school, we choose a 4 year major, and I chose the business major. Some of the classes we take are Macro, Microeconomics, Harvard-backed analyses of failed
08 Mar 2017
I'm going to make this as short as possible. Please be brutally honest I need some to decide on a career direction. Excuse any unnecessary info. 23 y/o male graduated with a Graphic Information Technology (GIT) degree from Arizona State University in May 2021. GIT combines advertising, marketing, UI/UX, business, and commercial video/photo. It's actually an engineering degree from the ASU engineering school for what that's worth. Also have a business minor and certificate in trading, markets, and investments from ASU. Excluding this summer I spent the past 4 years working a handful of
14 Sep 2021
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09 Jun 2020
Hi, I've been a member here for a few months, just casually reading through various content. Luckily enough, I received an internship in London this summer (I'm still uncertain as to how that happened), but I'm starting to doubt some of my abilities. I have been trading for several years, and been fairly successful doing so. Alongside that I have been writing macroeconomic pieces and posting it on Linked & Facebook, plus co-founded a trading society at my university. So that's how I got the internship without any credentials. The issue is; I'm simply not very good with maths. I'm pretty good
11 Apr 2018
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20 Sep 2021
Dear Recruiters, Masters students (past or present) & fellow forum users. I need your advice! I have just graduated with an 80%+ BSc in Economics at an above-average (but nothing special) University in the UK. I was accepted onto the MSc Investment & Wealth Management masters programme at Imperial College London, which at first I was delighted about but now I need opinions on a couple of things which are keeping me up at night. I decided to defer the masters until next year. This was due to wanting to gain a year of industry experience (with the intention of landing internships at boutique IB
25 Aug 2021
Go to bank A: open student account (as genuine student). Take maximum interest free overdraft in cash and put into an ISA (or similar interest bearing account, can get 3-5% on small amounts from a quick internet search, if you don't touch the money). Cut up the bank card/get a block placed on the account so no other transactions can take place. Repeat for every bank you know. At least 10 public high street banks in the UK can do that, you probably have way more in the ex colony. student overdrafts are around the £3000 mark. Say 2,000, conservative estimate, 4% interest, for 4 years of university., = £800 free money per year, or over £3k per university fee. Will pay for your first year of rent.
29 Jun 2012
Wanted to get some thoughts from you energy bankers out there.... With oil on the rise at around $70/barrel, and with Saudi wanting to push for something close to $100/barrel (might only be short term for their Saudi Aramco IPO), what do you think that holds for the future of IB? Do you think we'll have another flurry of M&A followed by a round of restructuring? I don't really think that too much north of $70/barrel is sustainable given that there are so many alternatives out there; I think that overall demand would be pushed down if we try to get close to $100/barrel. Correct me if I'm wrong
18 Apr 2018
Graduating from a non-target in the US this summer or next fall, finance major, no relevant experience, got interested in the industry only recently and after asking some WSO users for advice thought I'd apply to MsF programs as a plan B if I don't land any internship this summer. I'm not a US citizen and would want to work in Canada after graduation because I'm interested in the natural resources sector (interested in gas & oil market, family has ties to solar energy and mining) as well as the immigration process is much easier (family has business relations and friends in Canada too, none in the US).
24 Nov 2013
Hi fellow primates! I've recently been introduced to the world of finance through multiple mediums of exposure! Like any other high schooler before, I wanted to be a professional athlete, but then I realized that I'm a scrawny 5'10" Asian, and while I may be decent, I don't want to be one dimensional. My dad wanted me to be an engineer like him because of the Asian tradition, and I get it, too. It's a secure and high-intellect job fit for a talented sophomore like me. But through enough reading and understanding what my talents are, I realized that finance is the path for me. Even though I'm
31 Mar 2020
Hi there, I am a current sophomore at a non-target school (Ga Tech) majoring in Finance hoping to break into IB for the summer following my Junior year. I have a 4.0 and recently accepted a position at a F500 company, and while it's unfortunately not a Finance or Accounting position it is related to business services for the company. I also have extensive work experience starting all the way from the summer after my senior year of High School in Marketing. I know that most recommendations I have seen have said to take on a role at a PE firm, or a Finance role at a F500 for your sophomore year
17 Dec 2020
I'll be 24 when i graduate with my Masters (not MBA) and I really have my heart set on working in NYC immediately after graduating LBS, I assume it would have to be on an H1B Visa from my research, but I want to know if anyone else knows or has had experience with this situation. Will the London Business School name make it easier for me to get hired and get my Visa sponsored? Am I more likely to get sponsorship from a BB or from a boutique? Is it easier to get sponsored in some areas more than others, for instance do more non-americans get hired into analyst positions in IBD than S&T or anything like that?
22 Apr 2011
Hey guys, rising senior at a target looking for some advice. I was fortunate enough to receive a FT offer from my internship this summer. It is at a MM bank and the offer is for S & T, which is the field I definitely want to go into. The people and experiences were great (wouldn't mind working there FT), but the pay/benefits are both below street. Although a solid work experience is up there in terms of priorities alongside money, the latter definitely makes a huge impact on my current life considering several factors (student loans, expensive city, no family wealth, etc). I have to make my
14 Aug 2018
I went to college at a school ranked in the 20s with a minor in business and I will be finishing medical school in 2012 at a school ranked in the 10s. GPA is 3.9 in college, and my grades are above average in medical school. My questions: 1. how competitive am I for a job at a consulting firm or Ibanking firm as an associate if I wish to work right after my MD degree? 2. Assuming I get hired, will I be at a disadvantage in moving up because I have almost no business background compared to my colleagues who likely had analyst-->MBA backgrounds? 3. Just how hard is it to move up in consulting/ibanking from an associate? Is it 80% move up...50%...20%?
18 Dec 2010
A buddy of mine that goes to Columbia sent me this article. Thought some of you guys either might get a good laugh or have something insightful to say. http://columbiaspectator.com/opinion/2014/12/11/if-you-go-orgo-night-yo…
12 Dec 2014
Hey guys, I'm a 24 year old African American woman and I recently quit Nursing to go into Business. I want to become an Investment Banker and I am currently enrolled in an online bachelors degree program for Business Finance. I see a lot of people talking about target schools and non-target schools and it gets a bit discouraging. I come from a poor background and although our schools weren't the best, I managed to escape with half a brain. I've always been interested in Finance but never thought the degree would land me a good paying job. Nonetheless here I am hoping to get some advise from
31 May 2021
Hi, I will be attending Harvard Law School in the fall. I am thrilled about going to HLS and I am fascinated by the law but, like many of my brethren, I really want to be a banker. I would take the traditional route (analyst->MBA->associate) but my State University undergrad and music performance major (yea I know what was I thinking?) make being hired by a BB out of college all but impossible. My question is this, do I have a shot of being hired at one of the BB banks while I'm at HLS for an associate position after I graduate? I'm currently a summer associate at a top M&A firm (yes I got a SA position before I started school) and I've taken basic accounting and finance classes at my undergrad (aced them). Thank you.
16 Jul 2011
Hey guys, first time I've posted on WSO but have been reading for years now and hopefully you guys can help me out. Currently, I'm a rising senior at an undergrad b-school in Canada and am looking to apply for FT i-banking in the U.S. One of the biggest challenges is that I basically ruined my GPA this year and went from a 3.8 to a ~3.35, but my cumulative average is still 80%. I was wondering if its okay to just put my % average when applying, or if a resume without a GPA will be auto-screened out. Any advice regarding my situation would be much appreciated. Cheers!
02 Jul 2017
Hello everyone. I'm 21, following a master degree in finance in a pretty good business school in France. I'm also a CFA level 1 candidate, since my school has a partnership with the CFA institute, I thought it would be good to leave the school with CFA level II(if everything goes well) I'll also have a MsC in Finance. Anyway. I will have 3 internships done when I leave the school. The first one I already did it, I managed to work in front office as an analyst in a very prestigious Swiss bank so it's pretty good. The thing is, the next internship is going to be very important for me. I was
26 Dec 2018
I've been on a networking spree lately haven spoken to a number of bankers. I'm to the point where I want to follow up. I've had a few bankers that I've spoken to who I didn't really "click" with, in the sense that they didn't really seem like they wanted to talk to me - dry answers, seemed uninterested... How would I approach reaching out to them for a second coffee chat? Is it even worth it, or would it do more harm than good? I'm also curious to what I should talk about in the call? Some of them are of the opposite sex so it can be hard to connect/break the ice through low hanging fruit
22 Jul 2020
As someone with a school that has postings from both, I always wondered if anyone would consider going straight into PE straight from undergrad. Personally, I'd want the camaraderie of being in a bank, but if you're going to do 2 years in a bank just to go straight to PE, why not start in it? The main thing is some of your closest friend would come from a bank, while at PE funds it's mostly senior people you wouldn't be interacting with much outside of work. What do you guys think?
22 Nov 2011
Dear WSO visitors, I have recently come into a spot where I have to make a tough decision. Allow me to describe my situation: I am currently a 20-year-old Bachelor student in the Netherlands. I go to a non-target university without any prospect of BB IB or MM PE. I am finishing my 6 month internship period (this is in my bachelor curriculum) at a very small investment boutique (4 employee's). The employees are very satisfied with my results and my boss offered me a summer Job. I will receive a decent compensation. During my internship, I have also come in contact with a local Private equity
07 Jun 2017
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is happy and healthy during the covid-era! I am currently a student looking to gain some insight and advice that I would need to break into finance/investment banking/wealth management. Specifically, I am interested in learning about the necessary steps that I should take, the technical skills I would need and the networking approach that I should take. I am currently applying for internships and would also like some advice as to how I should spice up my resume to land an internship. My current goal is to start out as an investment/financial analyst in the near
25 Mar 2021
Currently a student in a university program with access to terminals, and will have access for roughly another two years. How common (or uncommon) is it to network via terminals? Is using this comm. channel as opposed to LinkedIn and email appropriate, and would it have any measurable effect? Any stories or example of this? Looking to differentiate.
21 Dec 2020
After using this site for a couple of years, I thought it'd be a good time to finally post. A bit about me - I'm a second-year student in what could be described as a semi-target European uni for reference. I've seen a few really good career-related posts of late by older WSO users so I thought I'd add my 2 cents on my own rough plans to see what opinions/ advice people have - I'm guessing there are a few students in a similar position also. Basically, I've always been interested in markets, business news, current affairs, etc., so ibanking has appealed to me as the best way to start my career
23 Jan 2021
Hey guys, first post, I'm currently at a half-decent school (University of Toronto at Mississauga) studying Commerce (50% Economics; 50% Accounting or Finance. For Americans I guess this would be a double-major in econ + acct or fin). I have to pull the trigger and choose either accounting or finance next year. I don't exactly know I want to do yet, but it's probably either Chartered Accountant (british commonwealth equivalent of CPA), Asset Management or IB. My school is a target for Canadian IB but my campus is not.
09 Jun 2011
If you are an Ivey HBA alumnus, it would be great if I could shoot you some short PMs. Anyways, I was wondering why Ivey's HBA is considered the best for finance. It's sort of like the "wharton" of Canada. Ivey undergrads seem to get a lot of good placements into IB and PE positions but WHY? Is it because of "namesake"? Is there better OCR at Ivey? Is there something special about the curriculum at Ivey that employer's value? Or is it just a correlation (not causation) that students do well in finance at Ivey? I'm looking to apply to these schools as a Canadian high school senior. Thanks!
30 Dec 2016
Hey so I'm in 2nd year and my course selection is coming up and I have 8 required business classes that I need to take (Which already include 2 Finance, 2 Stats, 1 Accounting and other math and finance heavy classes). And too boost my gpa I was thinking about taking some easy courses (Theatre, History or something like that) I was just wondering if employers or hiring managers will care about those "easy" classes that I took when they look at my transcript when I apply for internships next summer? And will they discredit my application if I take these courses to boost my avg?
23 Jun 2021
Hello all! This will be my first introduction to this new forum. I have heard many positive things about the people and resources on this site, so I look forward to being impressed again and again by members here. The long story short is I look forward to giving whatever I can to this site. Im grateful to have found another resource to continue my journey for knowledge. If you're not much of a story reader, this is where the post ends, but if you care to read what I'm currently going through, I'd very much appreciate any effort to help me out.
16 Dec 2012
I am currently a senior at a semi target in NYC. Due to personal physical issues my GPA fell to a 1.9 (2.0 rounding). I did two finance internships one in a small investment management firm and one as a financial advisor for a small business owner. Besides that I have other leadership experiences that are somewhat worthy. I am not sure what to do anymore. There are no prospect about recruiting at our school yet. I have been sending emails and all analyst classes are full. I am close to graduating this summer with nothing. Anyone have any ideas of what to do before I enter the semester session? Some hope would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks for reading everyone!
27 Jan 2015
Hi, I am currently working on a non finance related internship that will end the last week of July. I have til the end of august before I need to go back to school. I am trying to ascertain ANY finance related internship, could be pwm, pe, prop shop, boutiques etc. for the 3 or 4 weeks before I need to go back to school. Obviously pay is not important. I will be in nyc so any place in the city will be great. How would I go about doing this? Would large BBs have programs like this or would there be too much red tape there. If I want to contact small boutiques, prop shops etc how can I get a list of these firms that's near the city? I will be searching through alumnis on linkedin today so hopefully that will help.
01 Jul 2010
Hi, So I read through a bunch of topics on this forum and haven't quite found anythink like my situation so I'll try to make it clear to you in the hope to get some constructive advice. I lived and graduated from highschool in Germany with average grades, then I did the mandatory military programm for 9 months and did a couple of months of part-time jobbing to get some money together. I then used an opportunity provided by a friend to enroll at an US institution and am currently completing my first semester with excellent grades. I am fluent in speaking German(obviously) and Russian while learning Spanish at the moment.
04 May 2010
Hi, I am in the midst of deciding between Queen's Comm, Ivey, Waterloo Financial Mathematics with Co-op, McGill, and UBC. I'm looking for a program that stands out/ is well recognized amongst hirees in top IB firms and has a good balance between an academic and social life. Can you please rank these programs in order and describe a bit about their undergrad experience? Thanks :)
18 Apr 2021
I came here because I thing that it could be very helpful in my future career but i dont know to many things about interviews and banking (im a simple university student who never worked) so i cant post anything useful for other users or ask interesting questions. I would appreciate if you teach me some tips about what are the best courses (or if they are useful) , how the mentors progam work... Thank you guys.
24 Sep 2021
Hi everyone, I wanted to hear what everyone personally used while they were in college to learn more about investment banking and finance outside of just normal classes, and I don't mean just job advice but actual conceptual knowledge about finance. I am interested in IB/Venture Capital for reference.
28 Nov 2020
I WASN'T DONE TYPING UP THE POST. I HIT THE SAVE BUTTON THINKING I COULD COME BACK AND EDIT IT LATER. HERE'S THE FULL POST: So I'm a senior at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Just to provide some background.. It's ranked 30 on U.S. News' liberal arts rankings - which having spoken with the president of the university personally about it, I think are more or less determined on an endowment-per-student basis. You could say it's a semi-target. Student body of around 3500. Anyhow, students concentrating on finance with in the management curriculum are afforded the opportunity to participate in a course called the Student Managed Investment Fund. There's a selective application process and the class-size is limited to 12 students.
04 Nov 2009
I have close to a 3.0 gpa as an Electrical Engineering major from Rutgers University (big ten state school). I got a 2300 on my SATs so I think I can pull a 650 - 700 GMAT. I really want to get into investment banking. What masters in finance are a target for me? Also do i need an MSF to break into banking? Were do I go from here?
05 Nov 2017
Hi everyone, I am currently a sophomore at a non-target who had is looking for more clarification on accounting principles before I start my first-round interviews. Before I get called an idiot, I want to explain my past experience, I had a finance-related internship this summer, part of my school's investment club, in the Tamid group, and in a program that pairs me with a senior that is going into the financial services industry and with an analyst on Wall Street at a BB. That being said, I am looking for resources on the internet that will give me a deeper understanding of analyzing the
07 Oct 2020