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Any of these degrees good enough for IB?

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    No-one can list you what roles for each degree course or uni, and surely you should apply to roles you want and go to a Uni you want rather than choose a degree that will get you a role in IB. If you want the highest chance of IB you go to LSE/Oxbridge and study something quantitative. simple as that.
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    (Original post by 11:11)
    I'm not asking that, I just want to know which are considered the best if I wanted to go into banking afterwards (if any)...
    and then asked for roles... Exeter/Manchester/St Andrews/KCL and City i guess but i dont know the order.
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    (Original post by Jakeh)
    and then asked for roles... Exeter/Manchester/St Andrews/KCL and City i guess but i dont know the order.
    Thanks. I meant whether I'd only have a change at BO/MO etc.
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    (Original post by 11:11)
    Thanks. I meant whether I'd only have a change at BO/MO etc.
    So state this in your post? jesus.
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    Your degree to some extent has little weighting. You need to either go to a good uni a uni that offers a specialist degree, and you need but even then you don't just have to choose Economics and Business Management. For investment banking, you need to demonstrate that you are good with numbers and statistics and that you are good with people. Some of my friends, who are investment bankers, did accountancy and finance, some did economics. A few did Engineering and Mathematics and 3 guys didn't even go to uni.

    It's about how prepared you are to buff up your CV, by doing things like finance soc at uni, using a bit of your student loan or money from your parents to open up a financial portfolio of stocks and share, bonds, bought commodities and other investments, enter a few competitions, get an internship, etc.

    Everyone that applies for such a position will have a good degree or specialised degree or prior experience of that vocation. You need to show that you have passion and a zest for that job and not solely that you need or want a job. You also have to be a likeable person that's able to work in a team and has healthy hobbies and interests.
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    (Original post by Jakeh)
    So state this in your post? jesus.
    I did...
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    (Original post by medic_armadillo7)
    Your degree to some extent has little weighting. You need to either go to a good uni a uni that offers a specialist degree, and you need but even then you don't just have to choose Economics and Business Management. For investment banking, you need to demonstrate that you are good with numbers and statistics and that you are good with people. Some of my friends, who are investment bankers, did accountancy and finance, some did economics. A few did Engineering and Mathematics and 3 guys didn't even go to uni.

    It's about how prepared you are to buff up your CV, by doing things like finance soc at uni, using a bit of your student loan or money from your parents to open up a financial portfolio of stocks and share, bonds, bought commodities and other investments, enter a few competitions, get an internship, etc.

    Everyone that applies for such a position will have a good degree or specialised degree or prior experience of that vocation. You need to show that you have passion and a zest for that job and not solely that you need or want a job. You also have to be a likeable person that's able to work in a team and has healthy hobbies and interests.
    Thank you
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    (Original post by 11:11)
    Thank you
    You're welcome, I hope it goes alright. Without being sexist, I noticed you were a girl and you should be aware that although things are changing, investment banking is still a sexist environment. Most girls I know that work or have worked for banks have been PAs, secretaries or in human resources. This is not to detract you, it's to point out that if you are gonna do this then you'll have to work doubly as hard. My mother works within IT, which is dominated by men. I imagine you aren't thinking about kids or family yet, but a time may come when this becomes a possibility. Always give them the impression that you are a career woman, and never divulge your intention to have kids until the last minute. It can be a ruthless profession and you may find that if you open your mouth to soon, they will side-track you.

    Good luck, I hope you make some fine, good and ethical investments in life.
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    (Original post by 11:11)
    I did...
    No you didn't; you said "If so, which roles?"

    You do know that FO, MO, and BO are sections within the banks and not roles right?

    If i worked in operations i would say that 'i work in operations', not that ' i work in the BO'. I think you need to read up on which roles you actually want to pursue at some point because right now all you're saying is you want to work in an investment bank, and you have no idea what different roles are and therefore i find it hard to believe that you know what they do in the DCM vs ECM vs operations etc.

    As for your question. Degree subject doesn't matter, as long as it isn't media studies etc, so whether you do straight economics, or some variation of it doesn't matter to the banks. It's all about the university you go to.

    Now within the FO, they tend to hire from Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial and Warwick. So you would find it tough to break in from outside these 6 universities, but if you're exceptional, then it is possible. From your choices, the ones that would give you the best chance are Nottingham, KCL, City, (in that order) and then maybe Manchester and then St Andrews just behind them too. I wouldn't touch Leeds, Sheffield, Sussex, Exeter or Newcastle if you get one of the previous universities.

    For MO and BO there is a lot less university bias, yet it is still there to an extent, so the best thing you can do is study at one of the top 6 i mentioned, and if not, then Durham, Bristol and Nottingham are the next best, so aim for Nottingham from your list.
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    (Original post by medic_armadillo7)
    You're welcome, I hope it goes alright. Without being sexist, I noticed you were a girl and you should be aware that although things are changing, investment banking is still a sexist environment. Most girls I know that work or have worked for banks have been PAs, secretaries or in human resources. This is not to detract you, it's to point out that if you are gonna do this then you'll have to work doubly as hard. My mother works within IT, which is dominated by men. I imagine you aren't thinking about kids or family yet, but a time may come when this becomes a possibility. Always give them the impression that you are a career woman, and never divulge your intention to have kids until the last minute. It can be a ruthless profession and you may find that if you open your mouth to soon, they will side-track you.

    Good luck, I hope you make some fine, good and ethical investments in life.
    Being a woman makes it also easier to get hired.
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    (Original post by Industrious Orca)
    No you didn't; you said "If so, which roles?"

    You do know that FO, MO, and BO are sections within the banks and not roles right?

    If i worked in operations i would say that 'i work in operations', not that ' i work in the BO'. I think you need to read up on which roles you actually want to pursue at some point because right now all you're saying is you want to work in an investment bank, and you have no idea what different roles are and therefore i find it hard to believe that you know what they do in the DCM vs ECM vs operations etc.

    As for your question. Degree subject doesn't matter, as long as it isn't media studies etc, so whether you do straight economics, or some variation of it doesn't matter to the banks. It's all about the university you go to.

    Now within the FO, they tend to hire from Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial and Warwick. So you would find it tough to break in from outside these 6 universities, but if you're exceptional, then it is possible. From your choices, the ones that would give you the best chance are Nottingham, KCL, City, (in that order) and then maybe Manchester and then St Andrews just behind them too. I wouldn't touch Leeds, Sheffield, Sussex, Exeter or Newcastle if you get one of the previous universities.

    For MO and BO there is a lot less university bias, yet it is still there to an extent, so the best thing you can do is study at one of the top 6 i mentioned, and if not, then Durham, Bristol and Nottingham are the next best, so aim for Nottingham from your list.
    Sheffield didnt do me any harm
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    Since you've not started your degree, it'll be at least 3-4 years, more if you intend to do postgraduate studies, before you start work.

    It's hard to say what will happen in the next few years so you can't really tell.

    Perhaps one of the unis you listed shoots up in the rankings?
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    (Original post by dugdugdug)
    Since you've not started your degree, it'll be at least 3-4 years, more if you intend to do postgraduate studies, before you start work.

    It's hard to say what will happen in the next few years so you can't really tell.

    Perhaps one of the unis you listed shoots up in the rankings?
    It's not about rankings.
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    Don't quote me on this but it depends what you mean by IB. I would say there's a vast difference between IB and the big four, which is what a lot of people talk about.
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    (Original post by TomasK)
    It's not about rankings.
    IBs take a unis reputation into account so if miraculously a uni's status is elevated, it could help.
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    (Original post by dugdugdug)
    IBs take a unis reputation into account so if miraculously a uni's status is elevated, it could help.
    IBs take into account the probability of how likely they will get X amount of great candidates from Y university rather than the reputation of the university. For instance, Bristol has an amazing reputation and is high up the rankings, but it's not considered a target university due to them not providing many enthusiastic and dedicated to IB potential future employees.

    So if say any university in the bottom of the top 100 list would miraculously become a top 3 ranked university, it would still take some time before the greatest young minds in the country started perceiving that university as a great place to kick start a career in Investment Banking as IBs don't have any reason to target that university if there is no expressed interest in IB from that place, whilst they could almost get 50% of their needed intake just from LSE, where a bulk of people enroll to the university pretty much just to get into IB.
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    (Original post by alexs2602)
    Don't quote me on this but it depends what you mean by IB. I would say there's a vast difference between IB and the big four, which is what a lot of people talk about.
    Anyone who talks about IB and think its the big4, doesn't deserve to be in either. That statement is laughable. lol

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