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    (Original post by Imperial Blitz)
    Is it bad that my A2 subjects will be maths, physics & applied business ???
    Yep.
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    (Original post by Imperial Blitz)
    Is it bad that my A2 subjects will be maths, physics & applied business ???
    It would be better if you did something else instead of applied business but it doesn't really matter in comparison to which uni you go to and what you do in your spare time.
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    (Original post by DeeDub)
    It would be better if you did something else instead of applied business but it doesn't really matter in comparison to which uni you go to and what you do in your spare time.
    Except that the which uni part depends quite a bit on the which a-levels part.
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    (Original post by BigFudamental)
    Except that the which uni part depends quite a bit on the which a-levels part.
    True but that is pretty obvious and his a-levels only have a minor direct effect.
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    GCSEs

    Lowest likely : 4A* 3A 2B 1C
    Highest Likely: 8A* 1A 1B


    IB choices:

    Maths HL
    Biology HL
    Chemistry HL

    History SL
    English SL
    French SL

    I'm part way through my GCSEs
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    I took it as I enjoyed business and because my school didn't offer economics till next year…

    And no way I'm taking chemistry to A2
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    (Original post by trance addict)
    isnt it still hard regardless getting into IB from one of these institutions
    I think if you're british/ HK is fairly easy. I guess it depends on your definition of "hard" too. The problem with the UK is that they have no selection to get into Uni. Everyone pretty much gets the courses they want to do as long as they pay, because grades aren't selective. Then you end up with a bottle neck at the end of your degree and employers might as well flip a coin to hire people. I met some people working in IB who look really smart and others who look like some of my worst colleagues in High School, only they are wearing a suit and making lots of money instead of being behind a counter. It's stupid.
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    (Original post by orchid1)
    I think if you're british/ HK is fairly easy. I guess it depends on your definition of "hard" too. The problem with the UK is that they have no selection to get into Uni. Everyone pretty much gets the courses they want to do as long as they pay, because grades aren't selective. Then you end up with a bottle neck at the end of your degree and employers might as well flip a coin to hire people. I met some people working in IB who look really smart and others who look like some of my worst colleagues in High School, only they are wearing a suit and making lots of money instead of being behind a counter. It's stupid.
    No, you are.
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    7 GCSEs Maths, English, Double Science A to C
    3 A Levels Business Studies C Economics A History B General Studies A
    BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance Liverpool John Moores University (Not quite target I know, but predicted confortable 2:1)
    Hoping to do an MBA at Cass at some point.
    I know I might not be academically gifted like some of you nerds on here, but I have the gift of the gab and have done really well in part time sales jobs. I have also helped fund myself through uni with Betfair. I've heard that's a lot like the financial markets, knowing when to take a calculated risk etc. I've heard a lot of Investment Banks like these wide boy characters, which my mates think I am, because investment banking is all about bluffing and schmoozing clients right?
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    (Original post by downthepan)
    7 GCSEs Maths, English, Double Science A to C
    3 A Levels Business Studies C Economics A History B General Studies A
    BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance Liverpool John Moores University (Not quite target I know, but predicted confortable 2:1)
    Hoping to do an MBA at Cass at some point.
    I know I might not be academically gifted like some of you nerds on here, but I have the gift of the gab and have done really well in part time sales jobs. I have also helped fund myself through uni with Betfair. I've heard that's a lot like the financial markets, knowing when to take a calculated risk etc. I've heard a lot of Investment Banks like these wide boy characters, which my mates think I am, because investment banking is all about bluffing and schmoozing clients right?
    A shot at IB directly. Not a chance unless your Dad owns Sweden.

    You'd have a good shot a Big 4 though. They take anyone with a 2:1 although your UCAS points (300) might be a slight issue. If you worked hard and networked vehemently you could make the transition into IB after you're ACA qualified.

    ACA -----> Corp Finance happens quite often.

    A masters at a more reputable uni is always an option to.


    No offense intended but you seem to have an extremely basic idea of what investment banking actually involves. I suggest you find some resources over the internet (there's plenty about, just use google) to give you a better idea of the industry.
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    A Levels: I'm an international student, but I think my results converted would be a mixture of A and A*
    Uni: I study Accounting & Finance at the LSE equivalent of my country, have averaged a 1.1 in all exams
    Work Experience: International internship at big 4 last year, this year interning at Merrill Lynch
    Extra curriculars: Not much on the finance side, but I dance competitively on an international level and tutor disadvantaged students. Also I speak near fluent french, went to the Sorbonne for a month.

    As an international student I have no idea of my chances for IB, I would appreciate any opinions :-D
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    (Original post by Zweihander)
    No, you are.
    No I am not stupid, you should get to know a bit more of the world. UK's education system is not meritocratic, starting with public schools, and moving on to grade inflation. for my Uni access scores were from 0 to 100. That means a point difference between people can make a difference in order to get access to a certain degree. The curve of grades in a fair/ selective classification, should be close to normal curve, that means there should be almost as many people getting 0-20 as 80-100. Thats not what happens in A levels is it? In UK University is paid for and they want as many students as possible to generate business. Therefore everyone gets lots of A's. I cannot answer for all Uni's in UK, but i took a course at the LSE and 90% of people scored A+ in the final exam, probably to keep clients happy as well.
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    (Original post by orchid1)
    Therefore everyone gets lots of A's. I cannot answer for all Uni's in UK, but i took a course at the LSE and 90% of people scored A+ in the final exam, probably to keep clients happy as well.
    That's the summer school....hardly a sound basis from which to criticise the entire UK education system, or even LSE's (also I have a strong suspicion you've exaggerated that number).
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    (Original post by Lawlorl5)
    A Levels: I'm an international student, but I think my results converted would be a mixture of A and A*
    Uni: I study Accounting & Finance at the LSE equivalent of my country, have averaged a 1.1 in all exams
    Work Experience: International internship at big 4 last year, this year interning at Merrill Lynch
    Extra curriculars: Not much on the finance side, but I dance competitively on an international level and tutor disadvantaged students. Also I speak near fluent french, went to the Sorbonne for a month.

    As an international student I have no idea of my chances for IB, I would appreciate any opinions :-D
    the fact that you're interning at BoAML this year should answer your question.
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    (Original post by crafty bison)
    It would really help if you did a bit of research first - firstly as to which of the two career paths you want to go for, and secondly about the career paths themselves. Accenture and McKinsey should never be mentioned in the same breath, but since those are the two you ask about: yes, it's definitely good enough for Accenture; it COULD be good enough for McKinsey but only with excellent extra-curriculars and work experience.
    Hello,

    you seem to have knowledge regarding IB etc so
    my alevels AAB
    and I am predicted to get 1st in Economics and Finance at QMUL
    so do u fink i have a shot at IB or consultancy.

    Thanks advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    (Original post by BigFudamental)
    That's the summer school....hardly a sound basis from which to criticise the entire UK education system, or even LSE's (also I have a strong suspicion you've exaggerated that number).
    Hello,

    you seem to have knowledge regarding IB etc so
    my alevels AAB
    and I am predicted to get 1st in Economics and Finance at QMUL
    so do u fink i have a shot at IB or consultancy.

    Thanks advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    (Original post by BigFudamental)
    That's the summer school....hardly a sound basis from which to criticise the entire UK education system, or even LSE's (also I have a strong suspicion you've exaggerated that number).
    I haven't exaggerated, swear I was shocked because I wanted to score well then saw that only 3 people scored less than A+. Look, I read newspapers and there's lot of information and news around about the A levels, ok? and the public school thing its the nearest thing you have to corruption. sorry but I have to say it cause it disgusts me, kids of poor parents don't have a chance in UK, its worse than Victorian times. At least in Victorian times you had the work houses which is sort of an apprenticeship.
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    hey guys
    Just wondering what my chances are for getting into FO?
    A levels - AAB
    BSc Economics at University of Southampton - Predicted a first
    Hoping to do a Masters at LSE
    2 businesses + one charitable organisation
    Various ECs and charity work
    Experience within finance and risk management at a BB

    Any feedback would be highly appreciated

    Thank you
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    Hi,

    I have a problem. I am sweidhs citizen living in sweden dreaming of pursuing a career in IB or MC.

    I have been convicted of a minor, victimless, crime in Sweden. I wonder if I have any chanse of working at a investment bank?

    I am studying a target school (MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management) with a 4,6 GPA (5,00), B+ (A-F). I am planning to attend a second master programme at Stockholm School of Economics (General Management programme).

    I participate in several miscelanious university activities and have just started a website.

    Do you have any suggestions how i should do to avoid the problem with the background check?
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    (Original post by orchid1)
    I think if you're british/ HK is fairly easy. I guess it depends on your definition of "hard" too. The problem with the UK is that they have no selection to get into Uni. Everyone pretty much gets the courses they want to do as long as they pay, because grades aren't selective. Then you end up with a bottle neck at the end of your degree and employers might as well flip a coin to hire people. I met some people working in IB who look really smart and others who look like some of my worst colleagues in High School, only they are wearing a suit and making lots of money instead of being behind a counter. It's stupid.

    I haven't exaggerated, swear I was shocked because I wanted to score well then saw that only 3 people scored less than A+. Look, I read newspapers and there's lot of information and news around about the A levels, ok? and the public school thing its the nearest thing you have to corruption. sorry but I have to say it cause it disgusts me, kids of poor parents don't have a chance in UK, its worse than Victorian times. At least in Victorian times you had the work houses which is sort of an apprenticeship.
    ..
 
 
 
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