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    If all the banks really care about is the reputation of the Uni then why would you only set your heart on economics at a target when you could do a much less competitive course like finance etc and still have a great shout at IB??

    Not sure why people don't just go to oxford to do a non competitive degree instead of breaking their backs to get on an Econ course when really all that matters is the uni not the course

    Hope I don't sound too ignorant by asking this but oh well


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    Also say you were at LSE/Oxford/Warwick/UCL and doing something like geography or French or statistics (ie something not completely related to banking) would you be able to break into IB?




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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Also say you were at LSE/Oxford/Warwick/UCL and doing something like geography or French or statistics (ie something not completely related to banking) would you be able to break into IB?




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    Yes.

    I know a trader at Goldman that did History at Leeds.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Yes.

    I know a trader at Goldman that did History at Leeds.
    How did he do that??

    Did he know someone there or just applied?


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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    How did he do that??

    Did he know someone there or just applied?


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    Dunno, he was really involved with societies and had some work experience - the target school thing isn't always the be all and end all.

    He just applied.
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    But nowadays there are like 50 bright people at Oxbridge etc doing maths/Econ applying for every vacancy it seems :/


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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    But nowadays there are like 50 bright people at Oxbridge etc doing maths/Econ applying for every vacancy it seems :/


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    Dude, that guy joined last year..
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    A degree is about what you enjoy and find interesting, not just getting into Banking. Is it a crime to enjoy Economics?
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    If all the banks really care about is the reputation of the Uni then why would you only set your heart on economics at a target when you could do a much less competitive course like finance etc and still have a great shout at IB??

    Not sure why people don't just go to oxford to do a non competitive degree instead of breaking their backs to get on an Econ course when really all that matters is the uni not the course

    Hope I don't sound too ignorant by asking this but oh well


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    People do do that.

    e.g. everyone studying Land Economy at Cambridge
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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    Also say you were at LSE/Oxford/Warwick/UCL and doing something like geography or French or statistics (ie something not completely related to banking) would you be able to break into IB?




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    I went to a target uni and the answer is yes.Having been on the exec of my uni's finance society, I know that the big banks are always trying to increase their diversity and actually trying to recruit less people from the common degrees such as econ/finance/maths, and more from other degrees.

    When I was at uni I met a number of people at my uni who did "atypical" subject such as history, geography and chemistry and went into banking. Of course if you do an atypical subject, be prepared for interview questions such as "why do you want to be banker and not a historian?"
 
 
 
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