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what are chances for investment banking with a chemistry degree from Manchester?
Also what are the chances for working in the oil industry? Any suggestions of what is the better occupation in terms of pay and general perks? Thank you
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(Original post by Tsunami2011)
In reality you don't even need the MMaths to break into a bulge bracket. the 3year course would suffice let alone a masters.
Oh ok that's good, I think I will still do the four years though purely because I enjoy the subject.
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Oh ok that's good, I think I will still do the four years though purely because I enjoy the subject.
Good way to go!
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Business Management from King's College London

with a first year internship planned at 2 firms in Dubai? (one bank, one property developer)


would I have a chance of gaining a summer internship at a BB next year (given that I got zilch for spring insights this year )
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I am currently a second year 21 yr oldstudent at the University of

Wales Institute Cardiff studying BSC Economics. I had transferred from a Maths

with Finance and Economics Bsc from City University due to several extenuating

circumstances that were beyond my control or influence. I had to go through

clearing to get away from home, any place was good enough at the time as my

personal life was in such a mess and my family was

being a malign influence. As a consequence I failed a few of the ten 1st year

modules at City University, the head of department offered me a second chance

to repeat the whole year but I just had to get away despite having high

academic potential and a good work ethic based on primary school and

secondary school performance at prestigious private schools in South Africa.

Okay now my question is this; I know two things

UWIC is a lower ranked uni than City

City is one of the top universities for banking

considering the fact that I have managed to overcome the said personal

difficulties that were suffocating my potential is it worth while finishing off the

useless UWIC degree next year and going back to City to have a second crack at

the valuable Maths with finance and economics degree that I am sure I will excel at ?

NB My A-levels were adversley affected too BBC (Maths, Economics and Physics)
also taking into account the sh*t Essex college I had to attend compared to private education
still managed to get into a TARGET University first time round
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My A-level results are A* A* A.

I'm studying for a degree in Psychology at the University of Southampton.

EDIT: I now plan to do a Masters in Finance and Investment or something similar. I'm probably looking at universities such as Warwick and under (which is still really good) but I will try my best at getting into LSE, Cambridge, Oxford etc... by doing as much as I can now to be considered.

I have a part time job looking after children for Sutton council (nothing to do with banking but it is a 'responsible' position!)

I'm in the Break into Banking society.

I'm in the Investment and Finance society.

If I can, I'll plan to start a society in stock market trading or something along those lines in the 2nd year when I feel confident enough to be in the leadership position. Perhaps trading on the stimulator on Investopedia and generally just sharing knowledge, perhaps spread betting (as I doubt we'd have enough capital together to properly play the stock market).

Relevant work experience in financial trading, banking, stockbroking etc... (my uncle is head of pricing for a very large company and can easily get me work experience whenever I'm available).


I would consider switching degree to economics and finance but I don't have A level maths. Had I known what I wanted to do I would have taken maths at A level. However, Psychology does contain lots of statistics and science, would all this give me the chance to get me the job I want?
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(Original post by viksta1000)
Business Management from King's College London

with a first year internship planned at 2 firms in Dubai? (one bank, one property developer)


would I have a chance of gaining a summer internship at a BB next year (given that I got zilch for spring insights this year )
you'll get interviews - try to work all summer/most of it.
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(Original post by virtuous throne)
I am currently a second year 21 yr oldstudent at the University of

Wales Institute Cardiff studying BSC Economics. I had transferred from a Maths

with Finance and Economics Bsc from City University due to several extenuating

circumstances that were beyond my control or influence. I had to go through

clearing to get away from home, any place was good enough at the time as my

personal life was in such a mess and my family was

being a malign influence. As a consequence I failed a few of the ten 1st year

modules at City University, the head of department offered me a second chance

to repeat the whole year but I just had to get away despite having high

academic potential and a good work ethic based on primary school and

secondary school performance at prestigious private schools in South Africa.

Okay now my question is this; I know two things

UWIC is a lower ranked uni than City

City is one of the top universities for banking

considering the fact that I have managed to overcome the said personal

difficulties that were suffocating my potential is it worth while finishing off the

useless UWIC degree next year and going back to City to have a second crack at

the valuable Maths with finance and economics degree that I am sure I will excel at ?

NB My A-levels were adversley affected too BBC (Maths, Economics and Physics)
also taking into account the sh*t Essex college I had to attend compared to private education
still managed to get into a TARGET University first time round
Without even taking your degree into consideration

you won't get past the filters which require AAB at A Level

(unless you can skip them by knowing senior people at the bank).

They don't care how bad your college was

most of us go to state schools and some of us

including me go to absolutely terrible ones but we try harder.

You should count yourself lucky that you had a

chance to go to a private school for the majority

of your education and blaming your grades on your college

is just a weak excuse as most just get on with it.

So my only advice would be to start networking as much as possible

with people in the city in an attempt to bypass the filters

and also stop blaming others for your poor grades at A Level.
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I know this isn't strictly adhering to the title, but I'm wondering how much salaries have changed in the City since the boom years? I was talking to a London headhunter recently who said you'd be lucky to get the golden handshakes and huge bonuses they used to reward. Any thoughts?
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Hey everyone! I'm a 1st year biochem student at UCL, and expecting a good 2.i this year. Unfortunately I don't have much in the way of extra-curricular things on my CV, but I do have a couple. I was wondering if anyone knows the chances of securing an internship in strategy consulting - BCG/Bain/Mckinsey seem unlikely so probably OC&C, Marakon, Booz etc. Alternatively one of the public services firms consulting arms (Deloitte seems quite good). I have noticed that it is very Oxbridge dominated, and would this mean that I'd need a 1st coming from UCL in order to be considered. Thanks in advance!
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I have 4A* 5As 1B GCSEs

I'm in year 12 taking; Biology, chemistry, maths, economics.
I'm thinking of doing a chemistry degree, hopefully at UCL.

What're the chances?

P.S Ignore the sig, i'm not thinking of medicine anymore
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anyone have an answer to my above post?
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Do banks frown upon/not hire people who retook their A levels like the big4?
I know the big 4 have a requirement of getting BBB in your first sitting and don't look at resits.

Do the large investment banks do anything similar to this?
Last year, i was ill due to a flu which i may or may not be able to prove to employers and ended up getting BBC.
However, this year, i have a conditional offer from Warwick for accounting & finance and am predicted AAAb.

Will i be unable or struggle to get into banking due to my resit A level year?
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(Original post by fletchdd02)
anyone have an answer to my above post?
So what do you actually want to do? IBD? Operations? Strategy Consulting?

And what does your EC and W/E profile look like at the moment, and once you're applying for spring weeks?
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(Original post by uxa595)
Do banks frown upon/not hire people who retook their A levels like the big4?
I know the big 4 have a requirement of getting BBB in your first sitting and don't look at resits.

Do the large investment banks do anything similar to this?
Last year, i was ill due to a flu which i may or may not be able to prove to employers and ended up getting BBC.
However, this year, i have a conditional offer from Warwick for accounting & finance and am predicted AAAb.

Will i be unable or struggle to get into banking due to my resit A level year?
Whenever I've applied for anything I've only been asked my grades - never anything about first sittings. And good choice on Warwick A&F btw
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Whenever I've applied for anything I've only been asked my grades - never anything about first sittings. And good choice on Warwick A&F btw
Nice and thanks for the info.
I know Goldman asks about first sitting's during the application process but that's one bank out of many so i guess i can just put in my new grades and forget about the old ones.

I don't see why the big4 are such picky ***** :confused:. Although, i'm not too bothered as accounting is the last thing i was to do for life

Yh, i see you went to Warwick as well
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(Original post by fletchdd02)
I have 4A* 5As 1B GCSEs

I'm in year 12 taking; Biology, chemistry, maths, economics.
I'm thinking of doing a chemistry degree, hopefully at UCL.

What're the chances?

P.S Ignore the sig, i'm not thinking of medicine anymore
At the moment you have no chance as your not even at university. Banks don't really care about how many A*'s you have at GCSE or the subjects you took at A Level as long as you got good grades and got into a good university. Revisit this thread when your at uni and you can post up a more relevant profile including what area you want to go into, your uni, degree, EC's, work experience etc Although Chemistry at UCL should be ok you will definitely need to prove your interest in finance so make a start on that.
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At the moment you have no chance as your not even at university. Banks don't really care about how many A*'s you have at GCSE or the subjects you took at A Level as long as you got good grades and got into a good university. Revisit this thread when your at uni and you can post up a more relevant profile including what area you want to go into, your uni, degree, EC's, work experience etc Although Chemistry at UCL should be ok you will definitely need to prove your interest in finance so make a start on that.
Yeah obviously I have a massive way to go yet, I was just seeing if I was on track as i'm going.

Should I be looking into trying to get some work experience over the summer in an IB setting?
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So what do you actually want to do? IBD? Operations? Strategy Consulting?

And what does your EC and W/E profile look like at the moment, and once you're applying for spring weeks?
My ECs are quite strong I would say but all my work experience is medical based at the moment. So should I look into sorting some more relevant W/E over summer?
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(Original post by fletchdd02)
Yeah obviously I have a massive way to go yet, I was just seeing if I was on track as i'm going.

Should I be looking into trying to get some work experience over the summer in an IB setting?
Just work extra hard for your A Levels and get into a top university. Work experience in the summer would be good but it will be hard unless you know somebody at the bank.
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