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Big Four CF to Associate in IBD

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    Post ACA/ACCA would such a move be possible from a school leaver scheme (without university degree)?
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    There's enough people trying the exact same route WITH an undergrad. What's your edge?
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    (Original post by Sir KBS)
    Post ACA/ACCA would such a move be possible from a school leaver scheme (without university degree)?
    If you are going on the KPMG it actually gives you a degree. But the other big 4 don't give you a degree.
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    (Original post by non)
    If you are going on the KPMG it actually gives you a degree. But the other big 4 don't give you a degree.
    No I'm not. Not to mention that the degree is hardly credible.
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    (Original post by Guy.I)
    There's enough people trying the exact same route WITH an undergrad. What's your edge?
    Merely trying to figure whether it is possible. Hypothetically if I was to get very good A Levels (A*A*AA+) and first time passes in ACA exams would my academics not be considered the same as someone with a degree.
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    (Original post by Sir KBS)
    Post ACA/ACCA would such a move be possible from a school leaver scheme (without university degree)?
    You have an offer from UCL right? If you're focused for the 3/4 years of that on getting into IBD, then a big 4 corporate finance offer would be easy to get. IBD is harder, but you'll have a much better chance with a UCL undergraduate etc. Plus you get to go to university which is great experience.
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    (Original post by Industrious Orca)
    You have an offer from UCL right? If you're focused for the 3/4 years of that on getting into IBD, then a big 4 corporate finance offer would be easy to get. IBD is harder, but you'll have a much better chance with a UCL undergraduate etc. Plus you get to go to university which is great experience.
    Misleading. Far to many people are under the impression that if they go to a good uni and get a good degree then they will walk into a good job. Sure his academics (assuming he gets a 2.1 at UCL) will be easily impressive enough for big 4 corporate finance, but that means nothing if he doesn't impress in all the other areas. I'm not saying he won't be able to do that, I couldn't possibly know, but to say it will be easy just because he has a degree from UCL is misleading.

    That said, I think on the whole this comment makes good sense. I'm led to believe the ACA is useful and respected, but it still isn't a degree which is what you will likely need for IB. However if you haven't got your heart set on IB then the school leaver scheme does look very promising. I have wondered if I would have been better off going down that route myself.
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    (Original post by M1011)
    Misleading. Far to many people are under the impression that if they go to a good uni and get a good degree then they will walk into a good job. Sure his academics (assuming he gets a 2.1 at UCL) will be easily impressive enough for big 4 corporate finance, but that means nothing if he doesn't impress in all the other areas. I'm not saying he won't be able to do that, I couldn't possibly know, but to say it will be easy just because he has a degree from UCL is misleading.

    That said, I think on the whole this comment makes good sense. I'm led to believe the ACA is useful and respected, but it still isn't a degree which is what you will likely need for IB. However if you haven't got your heart set on IB then the school leaver scheme does look very promising. I have wondered if I would have been better off going down that route myself.
    I would presume that if he's talking about wanting to be in IBD now, and he has managed to get a big 4 corporate finance offer, then he is more than capable of making it into the big 4 in corporate finance post-university. Of course, he may be a total idiot in real life, but from the information i have, he sounds like he's screwed in to get what he wants, and if that's IBD, then i would risk the big 4 CF place now to try and get it. Just my opinion; but i know people at the London targets, and a decent number who want to get into places like CF, IBD, trading etc, do get in. His call though.
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    (Original post by Industrious Orca)
    I would presume that if he's talking about wanting to be in IBD now, and he has managed to get a big 4 corporate finance offer, then he is more than capable of making it into the big 4 in corporate finance post-university. Of course, he may be a total idiot in real life, but from the information i have, he sounds like he's screwed in to get what he wants, and if that's IBD, then i would risk the big 4 CF place now to try and get it. Just my opinion; but i know people at the London targets, and a decent number who want to get into places like CF, IBD, trading etc, do get in. His call though.
    I can confirm that I'm not
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    (Original post by Sir KBS)
    I can confirm that I'm not
    I'll need to see some references
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    (Original post by Sir KBS)
    I can confirm that I'm not
    Well i would personally go for the degree from the target university then. Just be focused from the start on getting into IBD when it comes to societies, what you do in the summer after your first year etc and you should be able to get interviews for IBD at the banks; then you just need to get the offer.

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