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    (Original post by supernova2)
    Id expect itd be good enough to get you an interview.
    That's a good thing then, yeah? I guess then it would be up to my own personal performance in the interview.

    OR

    It may/may not get me an interview as candidates with better (??) degrees may have also applied.

    Straight econ is better then.:rolleyes:

    THANKS.
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    I will throw my credentials in here what do people think? 3As at A level, history, Politics, Economics

    History/Politics at the University of York
    Nothing to stop you, its pretty similar to what I am doing and I managed to get an internship in S&T. Depends on what you put on your c.v though. I wouldn't just limit yourself to BB either.
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    (Original post by nayiseda)
    PPE from Oxford, yes definitely
    PPE from anywhere else (except maybe Warwick), will be harder. Apparently in IB, university rep is generally more important than course.
    Yea Oxford PPE is best hands down. Gives econ knowledge, logic, and politics base. Warwick's is pretty decent too, although a very young course (in its 3rd or 4th year only). I know people from straight philosophy from warwick have got FO internships this year...it just depends on if ur from a recruited-from uni and if u can hone in on the basic skills the banks are looking for and can show it through something u do in your course or in terms of ECs.
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    What's Durham's general reputation with banks?
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    (Original post by Barzini)
    Yea Oxford PPE is best hands down. Gives econ knowledge, logic, and politics base. Warwick's is pretty decent too, although a very young course (in its 3rd or 4th year only). I know people from straight philosophy from warwick have got FO internships this year...it just depends on if ur from a recruited-from uni and if u can hone in on the basic skills the banks are looking for and can show it through something u do in your course or in terms of ECs.
    But as you say u know philosophy people getting internships. Were they lucky/Very bright. Of course there will always be exceptions but I doubt that banks don't prefer to have a Good econ student from LSE compared to a phil one from Warwick.

    But I don't know, PPE gives you bits of economics and teaches analytical skills, but a straight economics course gives you depth in econ... :confused:
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    (Original post by Kollarrunt)
    But as you say u know philosophy people getting internships. Were they lucky/Very bright. Of course there will always be exceptions but I doubt that banks don't prefer to have a Good econ student from LSE compared to a phil one from Warwick.

    But I don't know, PPE gives you bits of economics and teaches analytical skills, but a straight economics course gives you depth in econ... :confused:
    Obv a bank would prefer an LSE economist to a Warwick philosopher...i never denied that :confused: My only point is that phil gives one a logical reasoning perspective of everything one does, so if one markets oneself well, its quite possible for a warwick phil to get thru. And banks are not looking for people who can analyse macro and micro events only...most of what you do at a bank is thru learning as you work, so even if u do know econ in depth, it shouldnt make any difference as when spread your degree over Poltics, phil and econ.
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    (Original post by bEEt)
    What's Durham's general reputation with banks?
    Better with some than others. Overall not bad but still behind Warwick and possibly Bristol.
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    (Original post by Barzini)
    Obv a bank would prefer an LSE economist to a Warwick philosopher...i never denied that :confused: My only point is that phil gives one a logical reasoning perspective of everything one does, so if one markets oneself well, its quite possible for a warwick phil to get thru. And banks are not looking for people who can analyse macro and micro events only...most of what you do at a bank is thru learning as you work, so even if u do know econ in depth, it shouldnt make any difference as when spread your degree over Poltics, phil and econ.
    Someone who talks sense :p:

    Once you get an interview, it's up to the person to sell themselves. That's pretty much how recruiting works. If the bank gave you an interview, they're interested. And if you can prove to the firm that you want to learn, work hard, and make money for them, they're not going to think about your degree subject.

    I was told by my (future) boss that at the assessment center, HR give you points based on your performance in interviews/activities. Then everyone who meets the points threshold gets discussed. If any of the desks like you, you get hired. If more than one likes you, they battle for you. Subject studied doesn't come into it at that stage at all. Hence why in my AC group, I was the only one who got an offer. The other three people were: UCL Economics (with prior internship at UBS), MSc Finance at Tanaka (with prior internship at UBS), and Warwick Computer Science (currently employed at Citigroup).

    Certain subjects are more necessary for certain positions, but for IBD--well, my friend spend 4 years studying economics to make PowerPoint presentations at UBS.
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    Is it common for Computer Science students to get into IB?
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    (Original post by bEEt)
    Is it common for Computer Science students to get into IB?
    usually end up in tech. If u are from a top 10 uni applying for tech, it really shouldnt be that hard to get the interivew. but to get to the interview stage for FO:

    Oxbridge Compsci: relatively easy, rides a lot on the name of the uni and the fact that you got in/managed to cope with the pressure

    Warwick/Imperial: harder, but definitely not impossible - need to prove more than an oxbridge candidate that u go the extra mile to learn stuff about finance/econ/IB

    York and the likes: even more difficult, need to be really in there with banking and finance oriented stuff to show a great deal of passion

    City etc., Comspci: very very difficult....need to be a superstar.
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    (Original post by Barzini)
    usually end up in tech. If u are from a top 10 uni applying for tech, it really shouldnt be that hard to get the interivew. but to get to the interview stage for FO:

    Oxbridge Compsci: relatively easy, rides a lot on the name of the uni and the fact that you got in/managed to cope with the pressure

    Warwick/Imperial: harder, but definitely not impossible - need to prove more than an oxbridge candidate that u go the extra mile to learn stuff about finance/econ/IB

    York and the likes: even more difficult, need to be really in there with banking and finance oriented stuff to show a great deal of passion

    City etc., Comspci: very very difficult....need to be a superstar.
    I would have thought Imperial's Computer Science was really top notch, some people get AAAAA offers I've heard.
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    Nobody is saying its not top notch. its just that a brilliant compscientist does not necessarily have to be a brilliant banker/trader...so they still have to hone in on learning the finance/econ material that econ students have an advantage in.
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    (Original post by Rickard.N)
    I would have thought Imperial's Computer Science was really top notch, some people get AAAAA offers I've heard.
    getting higher offer doesnt make course more competitive.
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    So, even a degree such as French from Oxford will put you in good stead for a job as an Investment Banker?
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    (Original post by bEEt)
    So, even a degree such as French from Oxford will put you in good stead for a job as an Investment Banker?
    If you can explain why you want to get into banking well on the application form, you can definitely get to interview with French from Oxford.
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    (Original post by Barzini)
    Nobody is saying its not top notch. its just that a brilliant compscientist does not necessarily have to be a brilliant banker/trader...so they still have to hone in on learning the finance/econ material that econ students have an advantage in.
    not really

    It's not like we'll use the stuff we learn from econ in IB.
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    I'm not doing an econ degree, do i have any chance with a management and french degree from Bath? Is not having A-level maths a major disadvantage? I'm having a gap year so will try and get some finance related work experience.
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    (Original post by sax gal)
    I'm not doing an econ degree, do i have any chance with a management and french degree from Bath? Is not having A-level maths a major disadvantage? I'm having a gap year so will try and get some finance related work experience.
    You could take up maths A-Level in the gap year, that would enhance your application.
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    (Original post by sax gal)
    I'm not doing an econ degree, do i have any chance with a management and french degree from Bath? Is not having A-level maths a major disadvantage? I'm having a gap year so will try and get some finance related work experience.
    One of my fellow analysts has a Management and language degree from Bath.
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    (Original post by ba_ba1)
    not really

    It's not like we'll use the stuff we learn from econ in IB.
    at all? :eek:
    Then why do the IB's want economics. If it is so unrelated, then all courses should be equally valued, just that some uni's reps are higher...

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