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    So, I want to become an investment Banker..

    This thread is to gain an insight into the field and know if I'm good enough and how to get there (hoping you guys can help)

    My predicted GCSE grades - 10A*s 3A

    A-Level subjects - Maths, Computer Science, Economics and Biology

    Hoping to get AAAB

    Are these choices the right choices? Any other advice would be helpful


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    (Original post by AdeptDz)
    So, I want to become an investment Banker..

    This thread is to gain an insight into the field and know if I'm good enough and how to get there (hoping you guys can help)

    My predicted GCSE grades - 10A*s 3A

    A-Level subjects - Maths, Computer Science, Economics and Biology

    Hoping to get AAAB

    Are these choices the right choices? Any other advice would be helpful


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    Thank you


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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Read the FAQ

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    Where?


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    doesn't matter what you study tbh
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    Thanks I'll check it.. But I thought you need a degree in maths or finance & accounting


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    (Original post by AdeptDz)
    Thanks I'll check it.. But I thought you need a degree in maths or finance & accounting


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    No you don't

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    So what do you have to do?


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    (Original post by AdeptDz)
    So what do you have to do?


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    Whatever you want to do, just get into the best uni possible.

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    (Original post by Reaver Daniels)
    If you have a degree from Oxbridge or another top institution then you can study anything. This is largely because IBs want more variety in their bankers than just a load of maths clones. So arts degrees from top institutions, but from worse ones it's probably still restricted more so to maths and finance degrees. There is also an avenues to pursue with Apprenticeships. The president of JP Morgan came to my school a few months back to give a talk on their apprentice scheme into becoming an IB. Hope this helps.


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    Apprenticeship scheme is mostly for back office roles so not strictly 'investment banking'.

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    Thanks to the both of you, I want to get AAAA and go to LSE then hopefully get lucky, I just feel ill struggle to find work experience or do extra curriculum (can't I just lie an say I was captain of football team? I mean I was when I was like 8, how do they know?) anyway do i start looking now for work experience like is it even available or when do they open, hopefully I'm clear


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    (Original post by Reaver Daniels)
    If you have a degree from Oxbridge or another top institution then you can study anything. This is largely because IBs want more variety in their bankers than just a load of maths clones. So arts degrees from top institutions, but from worse ones it's probably still restricted more so to maths and finance degrees. There is also an avenues to pursue with Apprenticeships. The president of JP Morgan came to my school a few months back to give a talk on their apprentice scheme into becoming an IB. Hope this helps.


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    don't think there are apprenticeships schemes to becoming bankers, could you source this?
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    Whatever you want to do, just get into the best uni possible.

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    Are those uni's in Scotland still free? Or have they capitalised on those too?
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    Read the following

    Start off with:
    Vault guide to Investment Banking
    Vault guide to Investment management
    Vault guide to Private Equity
    Vault guide to Hedge Funds

    Then you can start reading the articles on the following websites:

    Wall Street Oasis
    Mergers and Inquisitions
    Efinancialcareers

    Decide on what degree you want to do:

    No you do not have to do economics but you will have to show the people who are going to hire you that your super passionate and know a lot more **** than everyone else which is why you better get reading now as well as done internships etc.

    Get networking:

    This is even more important than a degree. Considering most investment banks make nearly all the offers to the internship class or people that have worked their before you better know someone in there who can recommend you.

    At uni:

    Join the societies related to a career in finance and become part of the exec; this gets you exposure to senior members of the hiring team sometimes.

    If you can stomach it and to be houenst you should do a professional qualification eg CFA Level 1 this will show your commitment to the career

    Other soft skills:

    Doing the technical stuff isn't enough if you aren't fun to work with or don't have interest outside of the industry you won't even get a second glance. Those people who hire you will have to deal with you for 16+ hours a day. They don't want someone who keeps talking about work all that time do they.

    So brush up on your soft skills.

    P.S happy to help anyone out in first year uni or a levels. Message me





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    @AdeptDZ

    Read the following

    Start off with:
    Vault guide to Investment Banking
    Vault guide to Investment management
    Vault guide to Private Equity
    Vault guide to Hedge Funds

    Then you can start reading the articles on the following websites:

    Wall Street Oasis
    Mergers and Inquisitions
    Efinancialcareers

    Decide on what degree you want to do:

    No you do not have to do economics but you will have to show the people who are going to hire you that your super passionate and know a lot more **** than everyone else which is why you better get reading now as well as done internships etc.

    Get networking:

    This is even more important than a degree. Considering most investment banks make nearly all the offers to the internship class or people that have worked their before you better know someone in there who can recommend you.

    At uni:

    Join the societies related to a career in finance and become part of the exec; this gets you exposure to senior members of the hiring team sometimes.

    If you can stomach it and to be houenst you should do a professional qualification eg CFA Level 1 this will show your commitment to the career

    Other soft skills:

    Doing the technical stuff isn't enough if you aren't fun to work with or don't have interest outside of the industry you won't even get a second glance. Those people who hire you will have to deal with you for 16+ hours a day. They don't want someone who keeps talking about work all that time do they.

    So brush up on your soft skills.

    P.S happy to help anyone out in first year uni or a levels. Message me





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