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    I'm intersted in a career in Investment Banking, probably Sales and I've always held an interest in Forex due to its close relations with politics which is another interest of mine. I'm currently predicted A*ABa*d and will probably (grades providing) Study Information Management for Business at UCL next year. Obviously I will then Aim to get a 1st or a 2.1. I have strong extra curriculars including winning 7 awards in Young Enterprise as Managing Director and coming 13th nationally. Being team leader in student investor and finishing 9th nationally, playing on three senior sports teams amongst a host of other generic EC's. I have a weeks work experience at a IT and stratergy consultancy shadowing a senior consultant. I'm also spending the summer working as a baggage handler on cruise ships working 4AM-6PM shifts which I hope will go some way to showing that I can handle long hours. I'm also applying for the JPMorgan schools programme.

    What you think?
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    I'm intersted in a career in Investment Banking, probably Sales and I've always held an interest in Forex due to its close relations with politics which is another interest of mine. I'm currently predicted A*ABa*d and will probably (grades providing) Study Information Management for Business at UCL next year. Obviously I will then Aim to get a 1st or a 2.1. I have strong extra curriculars including winning 7 awards in Young Enterprise as Managing Director and coming 13th nationally. Being team leader in student investor and finishing 9th nationally, playing on three senior sports teams amongst a host of other generic EC's. I have a weeks work experience at a IT and stratergy consultancy shadowing a senior consultant. I'm also spending the summer working as a baggage handler on cruise ships working 4AM-6PM shifts which I hope will go some way to showing that I can handle long hours. I'm also applying for the JPMorgan schools programme.

    What you think?
    I think you have a pretty strong background, and if you get the A Levels go to UCL then network, you'll be in a good position for getting IB interviews. One tip though, your competitions that you mention, I wouldn't bother putting 9th or 13th etc, I'd put it as a percentile i.e. "Finished in the top 5%" or whatever. good luck.
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    I'm intersted in a career in Investment Banking, probably Sales and I've always held an interest in Forex due to its close relations with politics which is another interest of mine. I'm currently predicted A*ABa*d and will probably (grades providing) Study Information Management for Business at UCL next year. Obviously I will then Aim to get a 1st or a 2.1. I have strong extra curriculars including winning 7 awards in Young Enterprise as Managing Director and coming 13th nationally. Being team leader in student investor and finishing 9th nationally, playing on three senior sports teams amongst a host of other generic EC's. I have a weeks work experience at a IT and stratergy consultancy shadowing a senior consultant. I'm also spending the summer working as a baggage handler on cruise ships working 4AM-6PM shifts which I hope will go some way to showing that I can handle long hours. I'm also applying for the JPMorgan schools programme.

    What you think?
    You sound absolutely incredible. And you've done all this while still doing your A Levels? I thought bankers just kept the cash points working at that age.
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    I think you have a pretty strong background, and if you get the A Levels go to UCL then network, you'll be in a good position for getting IB interviews. One tip though, your competitions that you mention, I wouldn't bother putting 9th or 13th etc, I'd put it as a percentile i.e. "Finished in the top 5%" or whatever. good luck.
    Alright thanks alot, I guess I'll get my head down and work then. I was wondering whether my decision to do a less competitive course (Like IMB) at a top uni (In regards to IB recruitment) gives me a greater chance to get into IB than doing something like economics at a lesser uni (In terms of IB recruitment)

    I wondered about that (giving it as a percentage) but with student investor that works out as the top 0.15% and Young Enterprise the top 0.25% in Young enterprise. Does that sound better? I just thought they might get suspicious as to how many people actually entered.

    Any other advice? I really want to get as far ahead as possible as I have a genuine interest in IB and Forex, I'm not just in it because I like the sound of it or for the money.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Bramlow)
    You sound absolutely incredible. And you've done all this while still doing your A Levels? I thought bankers just kept the cash points working at that age.
    Wow thanks, well yeah to be fair my parents always have a go at me for doing too much extra curricular stuff saying I should have dropped it all and just tried to get straight A's.

    Because of this I dropped out of CCF after achieving rank of Lance Corporal and I stepped down from the Charity committee after a year, amongst other things that are more boring things like House Captain/Duke of Edinburgh etc. They couldnt stop me playing guitar though
    Oh and the only other thing I was wondering, Should mention that I'm currently a strategic advisor for a Private limited company that is being set up? (Upper Fifth Productions Limited) I havnt in the past because I'm not actually a director (At the moment) I just advise and help with day to day running
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    Wow thanks, well yeah to be fair my parents always have a go at me for doing too much extra curricular stuff saying I should have dropped it all and just tried to get straight A's.

    Because of this I dropped out of CCF after achieving rank of Lance Corporal and I stepped down from the Charity committee after a year, amongst other things that are more boring things like House Captain/Duke of Edinburgh etc. They couldnt stop me playing guitar though
    Oh and the only other thing I was wondering, Should mention that I'm currently a strategic advisor for a Private limited company that is being set up? (Upper Fifth Productions Limited) I havnt in the past because I'm not actually a director (At the moment) I just advise and help with day to day running
    Mention it for what? University applications or career stuff?

    It sounds like valuable experience to put down, but the limiting factor for you will probably be space, i.e. you'll have too much good stuff and will want to be selective.
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    (Original post by Bramlow)
    Mention it for what? University applications or career stuff?

    It sounds like valuable experience to put down, but the limiting factor for you will probably be space, i.e. you'll have too much good stuff and will want to be selective.
    Well I left it off my uni app but toying with the idea of putting it on my JPMorgan School's programme application. Yeah I know what you mean especially with a CV where its supposed to be kept short and precise.
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    Well I left it off my uni app but toying with the idea of putting it on my JPMorgan School's programme application. Yeah I know what you mean especially with a CV where its supposed to be kept short and precise.
    Oh OK. My only hesitation would be that you might come across as overstating your role. Is the business a significant one, or is it just a few mates? Are you really a 'Strategic Advisor', or do you just pitch in and help with ideas? You just want to be sure you're not overselling yourself, since if you're caught out in interview that can lead to bad things.

    I'd restate that it sounds like you have more than enough for the JPM Schools Programme. You sound like exactly the person they'd want.

    The one weakness in your position (career-wise) is the temptation to get too cocky. You've done tons for someone your age, so build on it and make sure you don't get complacent at university.
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    (Original post by Bramlow)
    Oh OK. My only hesitation would be that you might come across as overstating your role. Is the business a significant one, or is it just a few mates? Are you really a 'Strategic Advisor', or do you just pitch in and help with ideas? You just want to be sure you're not overselling yourself, since if you're caught out in interview that can lead to bad things.

    I'd restate that it sounds like you have more than enough for the JPM Schools Programme. You sound like exactly the person they'd want.

    The one weakness in your position (career-wise) is the temptation to get too cocky. You've done tons for someone your age, so build on it and make sure you don't get complacent at university.
    Well the company is starting up as we speak really and I basically have put through all the official doccuments (Including Memorandum and Articles of Association) and I will be calling quite a few/most of the business shots/decisions, because despite being great at what they do none of the 3 "directors" are very business savvy.

    To be honest your probably right, Its probably quite overstated to say "Strategic Advisor" I'll probably leave it off the application for JPMorgan, Thanks
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    Well the company is starting up as we speak really and I basically have put through all the official doccuments (Including Memorandum and Articles of Association) and I will be calling quite a few/most of the business shots/decisions, because despite being great at what they do none of the 3 "directors" are very business savvy.

    To be honest your probably right, Its probably quite overstated to say "Strategic Advisor" I'll probably leave it off the application for JPMorgan, Thanks
    Once you're at UCL (fingers crossed ) you could do what I did and apply to be a student mentor in your second and/or third year(s). That always looks good on the CV, plus with ECs it's all about how recent they are. You could also get a part-time job to demonstrate that you can organise your time well. Of course you can also do the whole society thing.

    But yeah, definitely well done on all those ECs. Fingers crossed that employers really only look at the university and not the degree :five:
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    Hi all,

    I'm interested primarily in Back Office (specifically Technology) roles within IB (I have no real interest in pursuing FO/MO, which is probably just as well). I'm currently a first-year computing undergrad at Loughborough, and am on track to average a 1st for this year. I achieved 300 UCAS points at A-Level (which I realise is nothing to write home about), however I am hoping that getting a good 1st for this year would counter-balance some of the deficiency in terms of academics and uni prestige (though I'm unsure to what extent these would matter given that I'm after BO?).

    Amongst my ECs I have positions of leadership and responsibility (committees, student representation, youth organisations etc.) as well as the more general ones such as sports teams, job, music, DofE etc. However I do not (yet) have any work experience relevant to BO IB (this is something that I am looking into, particularly with regards to BO temping opportunities in the summer although having searched Michael Page and Joslin Rowe as some people suggest I haven't seen anything). Once again, I understand this can be important if you're gunning for FO, but is it as important for BO?

    Given all of the above, how possible do you think it would be for me to secure an internship (or possibly a year-long internship to fit in with my course's placement year)? I have done plenty of searching and reading through these forums and whilst I have come across some useful info, it seems the vast majority of this forum's advice seems to be concentrated towards those aiming for FO.

    Thanks for reading and any insight from people who know what they're talking about (particularly wrt back office) would be appreciated
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    Hi all,

    I'm interested primarily in Back Office (specifically Technology) roles within IB (I have no real interest in pursuing FO/MO, which is probably just as well). I'm currently a first-year computing undergrad at Loughborough, and am on track to average a 1st for this year. I achieved 300 UCAS points at A-Level (which I realise is nothing to write home about), however I am hoping that getting a good 1st for this year would counter-balance some of the deficiency in terms of academics and uni prestige (though I'm unsure to what extent these would matter given that I'm after BO?).

    Amongst my ECs I have positions of leadership and responsibility (committees, student representation, youth organisations etc.) as well as the more general ones such as sports teams, job, music, DofE etc. However I do not (yet) have any work experience relevant to BO IB (this is something that I am looking into, particularly with regards to BO temping opportunities in the summer although having searched Michael Page and Joslin Rowe as some people suggest I haven't seen anything). Once again, I understand this can be important if you're gunning for FO, but is it as important for BO?

    Given all of the above, how possible do you think it would be for me to secure an internship (or possibly a year-long internship to fit in with my course's placement year)? I have done plenty of searching and reading through these forums and whilst I have come across some useful info, it seems the vast majority of this forum's advice seems to be concentrated towards those aiming for FO.

    Thanks for reading and any insight from people who know what they're talking about (particularly wrt back office) would be appreciated
    I think it's eminently possible for you to land an internship. The limiting factor is as much the way you style your application as your university and experience.

    There are lots of spaces for people in technology, and nothing like as many people going for them as FO roles. And, for what it matters, it's a great job. The few people I know doing it absolutely love it.
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    (Original post by DBazza)
    Hi all,

    I'm interested primarily in Back Office (specifically Technology) roles within IB (I have no real interest in pursuing FO/MO, which is probably just as well). I'm currently a first-year computing undergrad at Loughborough, and am on track to average a 1st for this year. I achieved 300 UCAS points at A-Level (which I realise is nothing to write home about), however I am hoping that getting a good 1st for this year would counter-balance some of the deficiency in terms of academics and uni prestige (though I'm unsure to what extent these would matter given that I'm after BO?).

    Amongst my ECs I have positions of leadership and responsibility (committees, student representation, youth organisations etc.) as well as the more general ones such as sports teams, job, music, DofE etc. However I do not (yet) have any work experience relevant to BO IB (this is something that I am looking into, particularly with regards to BO temping opportunities in the summer although having searched Michael Page and Joslin Rowe as some people suggest I haven't seen anything). Once again, I understand this can be important if you're gunning for FO, but is it as important for BO?

    Given all of the above, how possible do you think it would be for me to secure an internship (or possibly a year-long internship to fit in with my course's placement year)? I have done plenty of searching and reading through these forums and whilst I have come across some useful info, it seems the vast majority of this forum's advice seems to be concentrated towards those aiming for FO.

    Thanks for reading and any insight from people who know what they're talking about (particularly wrt back office) would be appreciated
    I cant claim to know much about IB, especially BO but I was wondering If you'd seen this thread ;http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=532165 Loads of info on BO and Tech roles there
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    Alright thanks alot, I guess I'll get my head down and work then. I was wondering whether my decision to do a less competitive course (Like IMB) at a top uni (In regards to IB recruitment) gives me a greater chance to get into IB than doing something like economics at a lesser uni (In terms of IB recruitment)

    I wondered about that (giving it as a percentage) but with student investor that works out as the top 0.15% and Young Enterprise the top 0.25% in Young enterprise. Does that sound better? I just thought they might get suspicious as to how many people actually entered.

    Any other advice? I really want to get as far ahead as possible as I have a genuine interest in IB and Forex, I'm not just in it because I like the sound of it or for the money.

    Thanks
    Besides my points in another thread about the dubiousness of the 13th/9th places you seem to be what banks are after.

    You've got strong academia and a few quality ECs to back it up - giving the impression you're well rounded, fun to work with a capable of a challenge.

    I have the ECs and not as good grades (similarly was always told by parents that i'd burn out by time I was 20) and I had 100% hit rate on interviews for IB placements. (and a job following) :cool:

    You'll be fine.
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    (Original post by ObaMartins9)
    Besides my points in another thread about the dubiousness of the 13th/9th places you seem to be what banks are after.

    You've got strong academia and a few quality ECs to back it up - giving the impression you're well rounded, fun to work with a capable of a challenge.

    I have the ECs and not as good grades (similarly was always told by parents that i'd burn out by time I was 20) and I had 100% hit rate on interviews for IB placements. (and a job following) :cool:

    You'll be fine.
    Thanks, thats quite re-assuring. Even if everyone wants me to say we came in the top 0.5% we did come 9th (top 0.15%) in student investor, that was in the official results

    Any tips for first year of uni?/now?
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    (Original post by jamz0770)
    Thanks, thats quite re-assuring. Even if everyone wants me to say we came in the top 0.5% we did come 9th (top 0.15%) in student investor, that was in the official results

    Any tips for first year of uni?/now?
    Go out and enjoy it. Seriously that's the best advice I can give. I met countless guys over first 2 years at uni who were all work work work and never went out and socialised. These guys got loads of interviews but struggled to convert that to jobs.

    Just join societies, and then apply for committee roles in 2nd year (or any 1st year positions available) and go from there.

    There's spring insights but I don't know a lot about them and a couple places do some summer ones which might be good but your CV seems good.
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    Would a degree at SOAS in Economics be alright for a bank lets say a top 8 bank??
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    (Original post by WizKid07)
    Would a degree at SOAS in Economics be alright for a bank lets say a top 8 bank??
    Would like to know this as well, for a BB bank and whether they land FO positions or not.
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    What will give me more chance of going into IB. Economics at Birmingham, Economics at Lancaster or a Maths and Engineering Course at Nottingham?
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    Nottingham tends to be better represented in the city, and has a fantastic engineering department (although is more well-known for economics).
 
 
 
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