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    Starting in sept international business, finance and economics degree. Uni of Manchester

    Assuming i get a 1st in this or switch into pure economics in the second year and 1st in that.

    ....what are my options?

    Had heart set on IB FO but failed to make the cut to a targetted uni via an access course. So where can i go from here?

    So much info out there and all conflicting. Any input? If you require more info please ask and ill add to this post.

    I wanted into IB but is that off the table now?

    (oh i got a contact at JP Morgan who runs the internship programs)

    In theory you could do anything. A significant percentage of grad/intern hires in FO come from non-target universities. The most important things now are getting a 2.1 and getting good extra curricular activities on the CV. Become a member of http://www.mutis.co.uk/ and do some other social/sports stuff and take on responsibilities.

    Hi Barett,

    If I was starting uni again, this is what I wish I had known instead of working if out after graduation.

    You need to get as much work experience as possible. Even if it's not in a bank you need to get a taste for industry.

    How can you make yourself look attractive to employers?

    Learn Excel and VBA. Excel is very easy but people really do care if you know how to use VLOOPUPs. VBA is also very accessible. Focus your approach on finance related tasks. The book 'Advanced Modelling in Finance using Excel and VBA' is perfect for this. On the down side, this book assumes some elementary finance knowledge. For that you should read Paul Wilmott Introduces Quantitative Finance.

    For current events buy a subscription to the Economist and the FT online. The search function on these two webpages is a godsend.

    People have a soft spot of Manchester Uni so I wouldn't let that get you down. While you're there try and make some friends with people who have similar goals, it will help keep you motivated.

    I would echo the excel bit its VERY important and allows you to really impress whether in FO or BO.
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