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    (Original post by SonnyZH)
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2036714

    Don't see why you were giving her **** over lack of work experience...
    Ah that's fine, I don't really care THAT much but thanks for pointing that out

    (Original post by Hackett)
    the guys in la la land.
    Possible.
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    (Original post by lilys)
    Ah that's fine, I don't really care THAT much but thanks for pointing that out



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    I was curious cos it says you go to my uni , was hoping you'd say you didn't prepare or something
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    (Original post by bmqib)
    I was curious cos it says you go to my uni , was hoping you'd say you didn't prepare or something
    Fair enough. I could have emphasised some skills on my CV more than I had so I think this might have been the issue.
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    Hi everyone..

    I have only just recently become interested in Investment Banking so this might actually be a silly question.

    I just finished my A-Levels and got A*ABB. I know those grades are not amazing. However, I am starting at UCL this September doing Economics and Business. And from what I've gathered UCL is one of the target unis for IB.

    I was wondering if my grades at A-level would significantly hinder my chances of getting into IB later on, the A* being in Politics, A in Maths and Bs in Economics and History.

    Thanks for help..
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    (Original post by nala.)
    Hi everyone..

    I have only just recently become interested in Investment Banking so this might actually be a silly question.

    I just finished my A-Levels and got A*ABB. I know those grades are not amazing. However, I am starting at UCL this September doing Economics and Business. And from what I've gathered UCL is one of the target unis for IB.

    I was wondering if my grades at A-level would significantly hinder my chances of getting into IB later on, the A* being in Politics, A in Maths and Bs in Economics and History.

    Thanks for help..
    No not all, those A - levels are fine.
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    Hi guys,

    I am applying to bulge bracket IBs Summer Internships this year. Last year I have made a couple of unsuccessful Spring Week applications (mainly failed because of no experience with online testing).
    Do these unsuccessful applications influence the chances of getting an offer?

    Thanks


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    If I recall correctly, Nomura and JPM do require you fill in module scores in the online app, but it's unclear how much emphasis is placed on it (solid work experience more than makes up for somewhat weak grades in 1st year)
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    (Original post by nala.)
    Hi everyone..

    I have only just recently become interested in Investment Banking so this might actually be a silly question.

    I just finished my A-Levels and got A*ABB. I know those grades are not amazing. However, I am starting at UCL this September doing Economics and Business. And from what I've gathered UCL is one of the target unis for IB.

    I was wondering if my grades at A-level would significantly hinder my chances of getting into IB later on, the A* being in Politics, A in Maths and Bs in Economics and History.

    Thanks for help..
    Is this the SSEES course?
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    (Original post by lilys)
    Is this the SSEES course?
    yes it is. why?
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    Hello everyone,

    Now i'm not targetting the big guys. Just smaller consultancy firms for an internship or either IB for business technology or general management type internships in the summer and would like your opinions on me please.

    Grades:

    - AABccc (A levels: Economics, IT, Biology / AS: Maths, General Studes, Critical thinking.)
    - 2:1 in Bsc Economics at UEA in my first year. (I know definitely not target.

    Work experience:

    - I emailed a few firms asking to work for free (i'll mention this to show i'm keen) and managed to get work currently from the start of august until i go back at a Health, Safety and environmental consultancy with large clients doing systems analysis work. I currently examine how the boss does his systems and make them better. I.e. Before he would email his working schedule to everyone but i made an outlook calendar that automatically updates to every employees computer. Lot's of things like that. Also automating the invoicing process etc. The MD said he'd give me a good reference as that's what i wanted in return for working.

    - Volunteering at the UEA Nightline student support service.

    - Was a teaching assistant at a school that dealt with children with disabilities in sixth form.

    - Mcdonald's employee during sixth form.

    Extra curricular:

    - Cofounder and treasurer of the UEA Paintball society

    Thanks. I just feel disadvantaged when i constantly see "target universities for IB".
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    Hi all, I was wondering if you could help me out here!
    I would just like to know if one can get into a BO role without any relevant internships. Of course, like the FO role there is a chance but I am unsure if the acceptance rate for the BO role will severely be hammered without an internship.
    Lastly, I've read somewhere here that if someone wants to go into FO, they should avoid accepting a BO offer like the plague. Why is that? Surely, experience is experience.
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by llamalad200)
    Hello everyone,

    Now i'm not targetting the big guys. Just smaller consultancy firms for an internship or either IB for business technology or general management type internships in the summer and would like your opinions on me please.

    Grades:

    - AABccc (A levels: Economics, IT, Biology / AS: Maths, General Studes, Critical thinking.)
    - 2:1 in Bsc Economics at UEA in my first year. (I know definitely not target.

    Work experience:

    - I emailed a few firms asking to work for free (i'll mention this to show i'm keen) and managed to get work currently from the start of august until i go back at a Health, Safety and environmental consultancy with large clients doing systems analysis work. I currently examine how the boss does his systems and make them better. I.e. Before he would email his working schedule to everyone but i made an outlook calendar that automatically updates to every employees computer. Lot's of things like that. Also automating the invoicing process etc. The MD said he'd give me a good reference as that's what i wanted in return for working.

    - Volunteering at the UEA Nightline student support service.

    - Was a teaching assistant at a school that dealt with children with disabilities in sixth form.

    - Mcdonald's employee during sixth form.

    Extra curricular:

    - Cofounder and treasurer of the UEA Paintball society

    Thanks. I just feel disadvantaged when i constantly see "target universities for IB".
    You could have went to a better Uni than UEA with those grades. It's not impossible, but it's very unlikely. Maybe consider doing a masters at a better uni.
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    Hi guys,
    I am a new one to this forum and my situation is a bit difficult. I am 25, originally from India, i’ve got strong legal grounding + 2 years legal work experience in India. Last November I graduated from the UK university with my LLM in Commercial Law. Now I am considering the option to shift my career to the investment banking. What do you think, do I have any chances? I know i’m pretty old for that and my chances seem to be quite slim, but still... i desperately need your advice coz i’m stuck. Btw, heard that there are companies that provide the special training (such as training the street etc). Is it worthwhile? Badly need advice. Thanks a lot.
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    (Original post by Superman_Jr)
    Hi all, I was wondering if you could help me out here!
    I would just like to know if one can get into a BO role without any relevant internships. Of course, like the FO role there is a chance but I am unsure if the acceptance rate for the BO role will severely be hammered without an internship.
    Lastly, I've read somewhere here that if someone wants to go into FO, they should avoid accepting a BO offer like the plague. Why is that? Surely, experience is experience.
    Thanks!
    Experience is experience, but some is more relevant than others. FO roles are client facing, long hours and highly pressured. Experience you gain in BO internships will not be client facing and less hours (the high pressure or not is arguable) so is deemed less relevant, even less relevant than say accounting, actuarial or consultancy internships.

    Plus interviewers will question why you went for a BO internship when you wanted to do FO. Couldn't you get in? Why didn't you search wider for FO roles? Etc etc. They want to see people who are focused on what they want to do in their careers and are have turned over every proverbial stone to further that career path.

    On your other question, yes, you can get BO roles without relevant internships. Same is true of FO, but it's harder to do so simply because there are more people applying for each spot, so the competition is harder.
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    Hey

    I've just started year 12, and was wondering whether i've left it too late to make a push for IB. I got good GCSEs (12A*), but have no work experience or EC that relate well to IB.

    What degrees are best for going into IB and have I left it too late, considering my A level options are; Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics ? (these may be able to be changed).

    Edit: 2 dislikes, no written feedback. Don't know what to make of that tbh.
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    (Original post by Elys)
    Hey

    I've just started year 12, and was wondering whether i've left it too late to make a push for IB. I got good GCSEs (12A*), but have no work experience or EC that relate well to IB.

    What degrees are best for going into IB and have I left it too late, considering my A level options are; Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics ? (these may be able to be changed).

    Edit: 2 dislikes, no written feedback. Don't know what to make of that tbh.
    Probably got dislikes because you probably have a better than average shot at IB. Great GCSEs are perfect and you have good subjects at A-Level that they will like so just stick with that. Maybe take Economics instead of going all out on Science? Try and get involved with Student Union as a president or treasurer or something if your college do that or do some extra-curricular that is either highly relevant such as an investment society or very athletic demonstrating team-work. Try and get on some insight programmes at Investment Banks or some experience and you'll be flying. And make sure you go for the top uni's
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    Hi all, I've only recently thought about management consultancy as a career. I don't have any business work experience (yet) although I do have a whole load of law stuff I could put a consulting spin on. I don't know enough about management consultancy to try and apply for any of the graduate schemes starting next year so am planning on taking a year out after I graduate and applying for 2014 entry. I'm just about to go into my third year of law at cambridge and I should graduate with a 2:1 (hopefully).

    It's been suggested that instead of this I could try and do a business masters however I don't really want to spend another year or two studying (and it would be a lot of money too).

    I'm planning on applying to the insight day (open days) the big four run. Has anyone been to these before? were they helpful?

    and are there any other consultancy firms I should be looking at? and is there any general advice on getting work experience at this stage (as I've left it abit late for summer internships).

    Also I only have maths to gcse level and am very out of practice with it. Will that be a problem?
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    (Original post by Cassie218)
    Hi all, I've only recently thought about management consultancy as a career. I don't have any business work experience (yet) although I do have a whole load of law stuff I could put a consulting spin on. I don't know enough about management consultancy to try and apply for any of the graduate schemes starting next year so am planning on taking a year out after I graduate and applying for 2014 entry. I'm just about to go into my third year of law at cambridge and I should graduate with a 2:1 (hopefully).

    It's been suggested that instead of this I could try and do a business masters however I don't really want to spend another year or two studying (and it would be a lot of money too).

    I'm planning on applying to the insight day (open days) the big four run. Has anyone been to these before? were they helpful?

    and are there any other consultancy firms I should be looking at? and is there any general advice on getting work experience at this stage (as I've left it abit late for summer internships).

    Also I only have maths to gcse level and am very out of practice with it. Will that be a problem?
    I think you should apply for the 2013 grad schemes. The insight days don't mean much and won't really help. You could try apply for internships instead though, I guess.

    Why don't you want to apply for 2013 schemes?
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    (Original post by hassi94)
    I think you should apply for the 2013 grad schemes. The insight days don't mean much and won't really help. You could try apply for internships instead though, I guess.

    Why don't you want to apply for 2013 schemes?
    Because I'm not really sure I want to go into it so wanted an internship/some work experience first to see what's involved.

    I'm pretty sure I've missed all the 2013 internship applications though.
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    (Original post by Cassie218)
    Because I'm not really sure I want to go into it so wanted an internship/some work experience first to see what's involved.

    I'm pretty sure I've missed all the 2013 internship applications though.
    Not sure if you're talking about something else here, but apps for Summer 2013 banking internships have just opened.
 
 
 
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