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    How do banks select applicants? Do they place more weighting on academics or work experience or their online questionnaires/tests when choosing who to interview for spring weeks/internships/grad roles. Also once you get to interview are your chances mostly dependent on your interview peformance or is your cv still a major part of the decision process.
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    (Original post by MedMed12)
    Just wondering could someone with a chemistry degree go into I. Banking? or does it have to be a maths degree etc?
    No, that Kweku guy at UBS had a chemistry degree from Nottingham I believe. So it doesn't really matter what degree.
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    (Original post by MedMed12)
    My cousin is on a salary of £68,000 at 25/26 :O
    Good for him?

    (Original post by Imperial Blitz)
    What kind of IB Summer internships should I be aiming for with grades ABB & studying Maths & Eco at QMUL? Or is it way out of my league?


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    Apply for the positions that you want to do at lower tier banks.
    And try back office/risk/finance functions at BBs.
    Might still leave you with nothing, but there is no point in you doing a job you won't enjoy at a place that won't get you anywhere
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    (Original post by freeharddrive)
    Am I good enough? I'm only applying because I want any sort of work experience, not because it's my dream job or whatever.

    Advanced Highers
    Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology - A

    I'm doing an engineering degree at uni (not a target uni)
    In my third year out of 5 (MEng)
    My only work experience is a 5 week internship at a small engineering consultancy.
    Won one award at university for exam results. Got a scholarship that I had to apply for (not because I'm poor, they just want to give me free money for being smart)

    No societies, part time jobs, extracurricular clubs. Of course I have hobbies that I'm willing to mention in interviews, I just have nothing in groups.

    I'm applying for spring weeks right now. I'm applying for anything sales and trading related because they supposedly value numbers more, and investment banking positions maybe emphasise leadership roles in clubs, of which I have nothing.

    If I fail in getting spring weeks, is it because of my lack of Extra-curriculars? I'm also not sure if my cover letters/ application competency answers are any good. I really know nothing about the industry, I just want any sort of work experience.
    I like your style
    non-target uni, partially related course, no relevant experience, no relevant EC, no industry knowledge...
    While I do appreciate the fact that you don't do those stupid society ECs everyone does for the sake of doing ECs, your outlook is so bleak, even BO might be a stretch at this stage. You need to step it up. There are loads of things you can do to give yourself a better chance and possibly most importantly: rebrand.
    Don't waste your time on the big programmes, go for small boutiques in your area and what not, start from there. Otherwise you'll jsut look like a very average engineering grad who appleid to a bank by accident
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    What would be a better degree, Actuarial Science or Economics? I've heard mixed reviews but most saying that actuarial science is mostly for actuary's and some investment bankers if you are lucky, Anyone know which is generally better?
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    (Original post by The Eden project)
    What would be a better degree, Actuarial Science or Economics? I've heard mixed reviews but most saying that actuarial science is mostly for actuary's and some investment bankers if you are lucky, Anyone know which is generally better?
    It's more about the Uni.


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    Predicted grades for AS: A Chemistry
    A Maths
    A Biology
    A Economics
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    Do I have a chance?

    AS grades: ABBB
    A2 Predictions: A*AA

    Firmed Nottingham Physics

    Applied to a JP Morgan insight day

    Am planning on doing loads and loads of society stuff at uni etc
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    Starting to entertain the idea of investment banking; just doing some research over these few weeks, and was wondering what you guys thought of my chances?

    At University of Liverpool doing Business Studies, got a first in my first year but only a 2:1 in the first semester of second year (in my second year now). If I try really hard in my final year I should be able to get a first but would probably predict myself a 2:1.

    I've been accepted on to a year long industrial placement in Management Consultancy at PwC for my third year (I do a sandwich course), but it finishes in May so I'm thinking I may try and apply for an IB summer internship.

    A Levels: AAB (Economics, Business, Law respectively). In terms of EC I have volunteered in positions of responsibility (sole football coach for a youth team before uni, involved in running of football team at uni), then have participated in business challenges and got an award for my first year results.

    Feedback appreciated, cheers.

    Edit: this is for my chances of getting a summer internship, which I could then hopefully use to evaluate my future options.
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    AS grades: AAAA, A* EPQ, B critical thinking

    A2 Predictions: A*A*A

    Firmed Warwick PPE

    I know I have a chance with these grades and Warwick PPE, but how good of a chance? and what can I do to further increase my chances of getting spring week programmes and summer internship?

    Cheers for any replies

    Edit: Oh and I've applied for JP Morgan Insight day, I'm done a couple of economics related extra curricular things at school and am intending to get involved in society stuff at uni.
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    LSE maths and econ?
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    whats my chances,
    GCSE's:
    Physics - A*
    Business Studies - A*
    History - A*
    Maths - A
    Chemistry -A
    Boilogy - A
    Geography - A
    English lit - B
    English lan -B
    Food Tec - B

    AS results
    Maths A
    Physics B
    Chemistry C
    History C

    A2 results
    Maths A*
    Physics A*
    Chemistry A*

    studying economics at nottingham
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    (Original post by Zzzyax)
    whats my chances,
    GCSE's:
    Physics - A*
    Business Studies - A*
    History - A*
    Maths - A
    Chemistry -A
    Boilogy - A
    Geography - A
    English lit - B
    English lan -B
    Food Tec - B

    AS results
    Maths A
    Physics B
    Chemistry C
    History C

    A2 results
    Maths A*
    Physics A*
    Chemistry A*

    studying economics at nottingham
    Sorry can't answer your question, but can I just say fair play to you for going from a C and a B in physics and chemistry to A*s.
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    (Original post by Zzzyax)
    whats my chances,
    GCSE's:
    Physics - A*
    Business Studies - A*
    History - A*
    Maths - A
    Chemistry -A
    Boilogy - A
    Geography - A
    English lit - B
    English lan -B
    Food Tec - B

    AS results
    Maths A
    Physics B
    Chemistry C
    History C

    A2 results
    Maths A*
    Physics A*
    Chemistry A*

    studying economics at nottingham
    Half decent if you're aiming for front office; pretty good if you're aiming for MO/BO. Just be one of the top students applying from Nottingham in terms of extra-curriculars, work experience, financial and commercial awareness, volunteering etc and you should secure interviews if you have good competency questions and cover letters etc. At interview everything is more or less equal.
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    Hi guys,

    I have a 2:1 in economics from University College Dublin (UCD), which the the best place to go for econ in Ireland.

    I have done an internship in London with HSBC a couple of years ago and I've been working in Big 4 audit for the last year.

    Audit definitely isn't for me so am thinking of going back to do a masters in econ in UCD. It's heavily quantitative, lots of econometrics etc. I slept through undergrad and nearly got a first so I reckon I could do well in the masters.

    With decent professional experience and hopefully a good masters I would hope to have a shot at some IB or consulting firms. What do you guys think?

    I also think that I have a much better grasp of the grad market now then I did at undergrad. The only things I applied for we're HSBC and Big 4 and I got both.
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    (Original post by Rask)
    Hi guys,

    I have a 2:1 in economics from University College Dublin (UCD), which the the best place to go for econ in Ireland.

    I have done an internship in London with HSBC a couple of years ago and I've been working in Big 4 audit for the last year.

    Audit definitely isn't for me so am thinking of going back to do a masters in econ in UCD. It's heavily quantitative, lots of econometrics etc. I slept through undergrad and nearly got a first so I reckon I could do well in the masters.

    With decent professional experience and hopefully a good masters I would hope to have a shot at some IB or consulting firms. What do you guys think?

    I also think that I have a much better grasp of the grad market now then I did at undergrad. The only things I applied for we're HSBC and Big 4 and I got both.
    May as well try and do your masters at somewhere more heavily targeted.
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    (Original post by JW)
    May as well try and do your masters at somewhere more heavily targeted.
    Would love to do one in the UK but but it isn't an option for financial reasons. I would need a massive bank loan, which I probably wouldn't get.
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    In my 2nd year at LSE and will start the roller coaster process of applying for grad jobs in the fall. I don't have the best grades at uni and I've failed a module, but will still hopefully get a 2.1 overall. Will this completely ruin my chances of getting a job? I'm hoping that the scenario isn't that bad, because for internships I freaked out about my first year grades, but turns out they don't even ask for your grades while applying. I had really good grades before entering uni and I have some relevant work experience, its just my damn uni marks that have taken a tumble. Any advice/general reassurance would be much appreciated, thanks.
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    Sorry for my lack of knowledge in the British educational system, since I am come from an another EU country, but what does it mean with the A-levels? Is it the grades in each subject you get during secondary school? But above all, is it relevant when applying for jobs/interships in the areas of banking/consultancy?

    For applicants who do not origin from a British educational system, like me, are our secondary school grades taken into consideration as well? And if they are, how do the banks convert these to be equivalent towards others?
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    (Original post by Bencant)
    AS grades: AAAA, A* EPQ, B critical thinking

    A2 Predictions: A*A*A

    Firmed Warwick PPE

    I know I have a chance with these grades and Warwick PPE, but how good of a chance? and what can I do to further increase my chances of getting spring week programmes and summer internship?

    Cheers for any replies

    Edit: Oh and I've applied for JP Morgan Insight day, I'm done a couple of economics related extra curricular things at school and am intending to get involved in society stuff at uni.
    Late reply, but better late than never--Warwick is one of the 'top 6' in terms of targeting by banks, you'll get a lot of on-campus networking events and presentations, and you'll certainly get a look-in for interviews. General ways to maximise your chances:

    (a) Read up on the different areas of banking (resources all over the internet for this, easily found). Figure out what you are most interested in.
    (b) Go to networking events. Go speak to analysts in the division you are most interested in, and ask them about their work (finding out the day to day from analysts puts you in good stead to talk about what the job involves and why you find it attractive in interviews), and about the recruitment process and how you can maximise your chances (I've had analysts literally tell me exactly how you need to behave in various exercises to get a good 'score').
    (c) Get to know more senior people in the finance society who have gotten multiple offers for internships/grad positions and get them to look over your cover letter and CV. They are in my experience the most likely to know what they are talking about. Careers service are useful for those with no clue how to write a CV but they haven't mastered the dark arts of banking recruiting.
    (d) Go for senior positions in societies--a Presidency looks very nice on a CV, especially if its the Presidency of a society with a big budget. You're unlikely to get it in your first year, except maybe in the final term of first year, but definitely go for a stepping-stone position like Treasurer or VP.
    (e) Really pursue your other interests at uni. Don't let finance take over your life. It's very important to show that you know your stuff, but recruiters are often interested in seeing that you're a rounded person, and letting yourself become a 'finance-drone' is a surefire way to land crappy offers if any offers.
    (f) Apply early. No joke, for many (though not all) of the banks your chances decline exponentially the closer you get to the application deadline. You should be applying for spring weeks in September/October, not November/December.

    If you do all those things, and have a half-decent interview technique, I'd put your chances of landing an offer over 90%. With a strong interview technique you could have your pick of a few offers.
 
 
 
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