(Original post by iPodTunes)
My long-term aim is to have a career within Sales or Salestrading, though more the former than the latter.
I have just turned 20 and shall hopefully be attending University of York this September to read Economics.
I previously did a year of Law at another Russell Group university - The course was not for me at all, and hence I left with a Certificate of Higher Education. The course was a bore and something I wasn't passionate about.
After leaving in June 2011, I found a middle-office trade support role in a IB where I have been based since September 2011. I saw this opportunity quite invaluable and an asset to my CV, and ofcourse I've learnt the front to back aspects of an IB. Further I have networked quite well with traders, sales, fo, and various other MO/BO teams. It really has been an asset in terms of future career aspirations and for CV purposes.
Though I've realised the IB I'm at recruit from specific universities for FO grad programmes (IBD, S&T, Research). The IB I'm at focus heavily and market to students/graduates from: Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial, Bristol. Though I've analysed that intakes for class 2010 & 2011 mainly compromised of LSE/UCL graduates with Imperial and Oxbridge being a minority. Other graduates included being from universities such as: Durham, York, Leeds, Edinburgh, St Andrews for example.
I'm hopefully going to try speak to graduate recruitment at my current IB to see if they can hook me up with even just a 1st Year Spring Internship in S&T when I start university, but we shall see what happens.
My real question here is how other investment banks would view my application? Do you think I would stand a good chance? I know in an average S&T intake about 60-70% would be the target universities I stated above, and then the rest would be considered tbh.
I have a host of experience in other financial services, accountancy, voluntary work etc also. The bank also paid for some CISI - Introduction to Securities & Investment exam for me, hence I have knowledge of financial products: equities, futures, options, swaps, etfs, fx, otc products, fsa knowledge etc..
I'm just quite sceptical at the moment and think I'm over exaggerating to be honest..
Much advice is appreciated!