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    Well, he can't apply for Summer Internship positions until second year so he has first year to improve his ECs. Does he have any academic awards? Olympiads/Golds in Maths/Bio/Chem/Phys etc Challenges?
    He can always put his prefect position down anyway; he doesn't need to mention how many there are. At my brother's school about 50 are Prefects.
    Does he play an instrument? Can he get any sort of work experience sorted for this summer even if it's not in an investment bank?
    He should try to aim to get as many A*s and As at A Level - something like 3A*s is going to look good. You don't need that much for Spring Weeks and Spring Weeks really aren't the be all and end all.
    Yeah he got the GCSE prize and AS prize at my school and he gets gold in the UKMT maths challenges. He can't play any instruments though
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    Yeah he got the GCSE prize and AS prize at my school and he gets gold in the UKMT maths challenges. He can't play any instruments though
    Any other languages spoken? You'd be surprised to find there are more things to write on your CV than you think initially for those sorts of things.
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    Any other languages spoken? You'd be surprised to find there are more things to write on your CV than you think initially for those sorts of things.
    Yeah he speaks Spanish and some Indian language. Thanks for the help btw
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    Agreed!

    I would strongly encourage anyone to try to apply. The question "am I good enough for banking" should not even be asked if you want to apply for banking! You really don't know what your potentials are until you pushed yourself to the limit.

    Plus, from my experience (7 years IBD. Interviewed loads of analyst and associates), what interviewers are looking for in a candidate vs. what job applicants thought banks look for still have a bit of gaps


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    Agreed!

    I would strongly encourage anyone to try to apply. The question "am I good enough for banking" should not even be asked if you want to apply for banking! You really don't know what your potentials are until you pushed yourself to the limit.

    Plus, from my experience (7 years IBD. Interviewed loads of analyst and associates), what interviewers are looking for in a candidate vs. what job applicants thought banks look for still have a bit of gaps
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    Guys, do you think that banks will look more towards what you do in university (in terms of extracurriculars and societies) than what you do in school when selecting for spring weeks/summer internships? I know they care a lot about school extracurriculars but do they care more about university societies and positions of responsibility?
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    Guys, do you think that banks will look more towards what you do in university (in terms of extracurriculars and societies) than what you do in school when selecting for spring weeks/summer internships? I know they care a lot about school extracurriculars but do they care more about university societies and positions of responsibility?
    They definitely care about uni societies, especially being in the Committee. I was in a senior position of a Society from second year and I guarantee that made it easier for me to get interviews (plus the rest of my CV) and got asked a lot of questions about it.
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    (Original post by Trapz99)
    Guys, do you think that banks will look more towards what you do in university (in terms of extracurriculars and societies) than what you do in school when selecting for spring weeks/summer internships? I know they care a lot about school extracurriculars but do they care more about university societies and positions of responsibility?
    Depends what's on your CV obviously, but you certainly don't need university extra-curricular/sports/society stuff on your CV to get interviews (I have none on my CV). From my own experience, I'd say they care a lot more about decent work experience, but my view is biased from the fact that this accounts for the majority of my CV.
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    Would really appreciate some advice:
    I'm currently in Yr 13 completing Alevels in Maths, Fmaths, Chemistry and Physics. I have a conditional offer to study mechanical engineering at Leeds and an unconditional from Nottingham. After Graduating my aim is to go into IB. I was wondering if it would be advantageous to take a year out and reapply to somewhere like UCL? If I did this what would be the best way to spend my time in this year? Any other tips on how I can give myself the best possible chance of getting into IB from this stage would be very much appreciated
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    (Original post by Jbird1)
    Would really appreciate some advice:
    I'm currently in Yr 13 completing Alevels in Maths, Fmaths, Chemistry and Physics. I have a conditional offer to study mechanical engineering at Leeds and an unconditional from Nottingham. After Graduating my aim is to go into IB. I was wondering if it would be advantageous to take a year out and reapply to somewhere like UCL? If I did this what would be the best way to spend my time in this year? Any other tips on how I can give myself the best possible chance of getting into IB from this stage would be very much appreciated
    Nottingham is really good anyway and is a semi-target so you can get offers for internships if you are good enough. Just make sure that you build up your CV by doing sports and gainin experience as well as volunteering and whatever interests you.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Depends what's on your CV obviously, but you certainly don't need university extra-curricular/sports/society stuff on your CV to get interviews (I have none on my CV). From my own experience, I'd say they care a lot more about decent work experience, but my view is biased from the fact that this accounts for the majority of my CV.
    So you don't do any extra curricular activities? Surely banks care a lot about extra curriculars, at least that's what I have heard...
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    So you don't do any extra curricular activities? Surely banks care a lot about extra curriculars, at least that's what I have heard...
    Yeah, but this guy has some solid work experience already haha

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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Depends what's on your CV obviously, but you certainly don't need university extra-curricular/sports/society stuff on your CV to get interviews (I have none on my CV). From my own experience, I'd say they care a lot more about decent work experience, but my view is biased from the fact that this accounts for the majority of my CV.
    I wouldn't say they care a lot more because I pretty much had two insight days for finance based and got interviews from all but one. I've definitely noticed that most people at ACs had more work experience than me, although many of them were either on a Masters and/or applying to their second internship.
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    Yeah, but this guy has some solid work experience already haha

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    So if you have work experience, that makes up for having fewer extracurricular achievements?
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    So if you have work experience, that makes up for having fewer extracurricular achievements?
    High quality work experience*

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    What examples are there of."high quality" experience? Does this require having contacts in the industry?
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    What examples are there of."high quality" experience? Does this require having contacts in the industry?
    Internships at hedge funds, prop trading firms, finance, IB, PE etc. Setting up your own business and having some form of success.

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    Can anyone else help with my question ^^?
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    (Original post by Jbird1)
    Would really appreciate some advice:
    I'm currently in Yr 13 completing Alevels in Maths, Fmaths, Chemistry and Physics. I have a conditional offer to study mechanical engineering at Leeds and an unconditional from Nottingham. After Graduating my aim is to go into IB. I was wondering if it would be advantageous to take a year out and reapply to somewhere like UCL? If I did this what would be the best way to spend my time in this year? Any other tips on how I can give myself the best possible chance of getting into IB from this stage would be very much appreciated
    Nottingham.

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    Would really appreciate some advice:
    I'm currently in Yr 13 completing Alevels in Maths, Fmaths, Chemistry and Physics. I have a conditional offer to study mechanical engineering at Leeds and an unconditional from Nottingham. After Graduating my aim is to go into IB. I was wondering if it would be advantageous to take a year out and reapply to somewhere like UCL? If I did this what would be the best way to spend my time in this year? Any other tips on how I can give myself the best possible chance of getting into IB from this stage would be very much appreciated
    Well if you end up with a strong set of results and dont mind taking a year out I would go for that. You get an extra year to do some work experience and work on your application plus you'd be in a slightly stronger position at UCL.
 
 
 
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