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    (Original post by alfiearmstrong)
    GCSE: A*A*A*A*A*AAAAB
    A/S Level: A*AAB
    A Level (predicted): A*AA

    applied for:
    Cambridge (Economics)
    LSE (Management)
    Durham (Business Economics)
    Leeds (Economics & Management)
    Royal Holloway (Economics)


    hoping to get a 1st at uni too...

    I know it is academically very competitive, but do I have the academic level for a career in investment banking etc?
    I also feel I have the relevant people skills, and confidence etc
    Your academics are fine. But people seriously need to learn it's not your degree/academics that gets you the job.
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    (Original post by Zweihander)
    Your academics are fine. But people seriously need to learn it's not your degree/academics that gets you the job.
    Meritocracy my ass...
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    (Original post by Focus08)
    Meritocracy my ass...
    In banking you are judged on what school you went to, how much money you bring into the firm, and what brand your tie is. Once you have met the standards you become part of the superhuman race of investment bankers.
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    (Original post by Zweihander)
    In banking you are judged on what school you went to, how much money you bring into the firm, and what brand your tie is. Once you have met the standards you become part of the superhuman race of investment bankers.
    To add to this - if you have right brand wrist watch - then you will fast tracked.
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    (Original post by Focus08)
    Meritocracy my ass...
    It is a meritocracy, they want the BEST people for the jobs. Just because people have a list of qualifications the length of their arms, doesn't mean they have strong interpersonal or team working skills. A boy who went to school with me was a super genius, like did GCSE's when he was 10, did A levels when he was 14. He ended up with 13 A's at A-Level, then he went on to do Physics @ Keble, Oxford. But he wouldnt even be able to get a job in Greggs because his interpersonal and communication skills are terrible, hes rude, arrogant, impatient and thinks everyone is an ass. He would be awful in any team, whether its a team of investment bankers, doctors or street sweepers.
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    (Original post by Drukus)
    It is a meritocracy, they want the BEST people for the jobs. Just because people have a list of qualifications the length of their arms, doesn't mean they have strong interpersonal or team working skills. A boy who went to school with me was a super genius, like did GCSE's when he was 10, did A levels when he was 14. He ended up with 13 A's at A-Level, then he went on to do Physics @ Keble, Oxford. But he wouldnt even be able to get a job in Greggs because his interpersonal and communication skills are terrible, hes rude, arrogant, impatient and thinks everyone is an ass. He would be awful in any team, whether its a team of investment bankers, doctors or street sweepers.
    Why do these people always study phyics :sigh:
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    (Original post by Drukus)
    It is a meritocracy, they want the BEST people for the jobs. Just because people have a list of qualifications the length of their arms, doesn't mean they have strong interpersonal or team working skills. A boy who went to school with me was a super genius, like did GCSE's when he was 10, did A levels when he was 14. He ended up with 13 A's at A-Level, then he went on to do Physics @ Keble, Oxford. But he wouldnt even be able to get a job in Greggs because his interpersonal and communication skills are terrible, hes rude, arrogant, impatient and thinks everyone is an ass. He would be awful in any team, whether its a team of investment bankers, doctors or street sweepers.
    I always thought you needed to be good at maths and have skills which show you have good communication skills.
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    I wonder if a 3 year stint in the Royal Marines after uni, either as a commando or officer, would help your chances.

    A graduate from Oxford, who can also handle the pressure and hard work of being a marine must be pretty desirable...

    I'm not really considering it, just thinking out loud... or what ever the terminology is for posting in a forum.
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    Good Grades,
    GCSE's A*A*A*A*A*A*A*AAC
    AS Levels AAAAB in Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Accounting Critical Thinking
    A level predictions A*A*A*A* in M, FM, E, A

    No relevant work experience whatsoever.
    And no second language.


    I do have good communication and team skills though, and can sell myself well, just feel disadvantaged by the lack of work exp. Seems like its extremely important, but I live in Blackburn in Lancashire, there's no IBs near here i could work at Couldn't get on the Deloittes or IBM year in industry schemes because i have experience :/
    If anyone lives quite nearby and knows of any that'd offer work experience i'd be eternally in your debt.
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    (Original post by Boobies.)
    Good Grades,
    GCSE's A*A*A*A*A*A*A*AAC
    AS Levels AAAAB in Maths, Further Maths, Economics, Accounting Critical Thinking
    A level predictions A*A*A*A* in M, FM, E, A

    No relevant work experience whatsoever.
    And no second language.


    I do have good communication and team skills though, and can sell myself well, just feel disadvantaged by the lack of work exp. Seems like its extremely important, but I live in Blackburn in Lancashire, there's no IBs near here i could work at Couldn't get on the Deloittes or IBM year in industry schemes because i have experience :/
    If anyone lives quite nearby and knows of any that'd offer work experience i'd be eternally in your debt.
    Get a degree?
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    (Original post by BigFudamental)
    Get a degree?
    I've applied to uni, but graduate schemes are getting more and more competitive, I worry that my lack of experience would stop me from a) getting on summer schemes like the BarCap and Rothschild ones and b) stop me getting onto graduate programmes.

    :/
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    (Original post by Boobies.)
    I've applied to uni, but graduate schemes are getting more and more competitive, I worry that my lack of experience would stop me from a) getting on summer schemes like the BarCap and Rothschild ones and b) stop me getting onto graduate programmes.

    :/
    Apply for a spring one like everyone else does when you are at uni first.
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    (Original post by RageVI)
    Apply for a spring one like everyone else does when you are at uni first.
    I shall bear this in mind, thanks
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    Hey, just wondering if it's worth my while applying for some summer analyst/internships at banks for next summer. A quick yes or no will do.

    Info:
    -Irish, doing Commerce and Chinese in University College Dublin (4 year degree, in second year atm but third year is a year abroad in China so technically this is my penultimate year). Planning to specialise in finance in my final year.
    -Did well in school (AAAAABB in Irish A-level equivalent where A=85%+ and B = 80%+) Did Maths, languages, physics, history.
    -First year university grades weren't great (3.38GPA which is 2:1, first is 3.6)
    -Played sports growing up and am pretty competitive, captained my gaelic football team for years and had a brief stint as captain on school rugby team (I've noticed people emphasising leadership and interpersonal skills on here so thought I'd include this)
    -Have good work experience in marketing, branding and advertising with a well-funded startup that's taught me a lot about entrepreneurship and starting a business in addition to the marketing stuff but nothing relevant to banking.
    -Have an interest in finance/economics (sub to The Economist, check financial blogs etc etc)

    Going by the applications thread in this forum it's pretty tough to get an intern position and there seem to be certain prerequisites for getting in. I want to work in markets because I want to work somewhere competitive where success is tangible and rewarded, I figure doing a summer internship is a good way of getting a foot in the door.

    Two more quick questions: are there ways of finding out which positions are paid and which aren't (any I've seen don't specify at all)? If they are paid would the pay be enough to support myself if I were to move to London for the summer? I could probably save a decent chunk of change between now and summer but there's no way I'd be able to fund an entire summer in London.

    Any replies are much appreciated, cheers!
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    (Original post by dahrah)
    Hey, just wondering if it's worth my while applying for some summer analyst/internships at banks for next summer. A quick yes or no will do.

    Info:
    -Irish, doing Commerce and Chinese in University College Dublin (4 year degree, in second year atm but third year is a year abroad in China so technically this is my penultimate year). Planning to specialise in finance in my final year.
    -Did well in school (AAAAABB in Irish A-level equivalent where A=85%+ and B = 80%+) Did Maths, languages, physics, history.
    -First year university grades weren't great (3.38GPA which is 2:1, first is 3.6)
    -Played sports growing up and am pretty competitive, captained my gaelic football team for years and had a brief stint as captain on school rugby team (I've noticed people emphasising leadership and interpersonal skills on here so thought I'd include this)
    -Have good work experience in marketing, branding and advertising with a well-funded startup that's taught me a lot about entrepreneurship and starting a business in addition to the marketing stuff but nothing relevant to banking.
    -Have an interest in finance/economics (sub to The Economist, check financial blogs etc etc)

    Going by the applications thread in this forum it's pretty tough to get an intern position and there seem to be certain prerequisites for getting in. I want to work in markets because I want to work somewhere competitive where success is tangible and rewarded, I figure doing a summer internship is a good way of getting a foot in the door.

    Two more quick questions: are there ways of finding out which positions are paid and which aren't (any I've seen don't specify at all)? If they are paid would the pay be enough to support myself if I were to move to London for the summer? I could probably save a decent chunk of change between now and summer but there's no way I'd be able to fund an entire summer in London.

    Any replies are much appreciated, cheers!
    - do you have a chance? yes but markets (S&T) is very competitive place to be and if you are not in London means you have hard time to network in the first place. When I was not in London, applying for S&T was pain... much easier when I moved back to London as you can network easier.. looking back that is. Might be easier if you do Masters in London but again thats bloody costly. Neverthless I would say have a go at it but it won't be easy...
    - Most large IBs will pay you enough for your cost of living (if not more) in London.
    - No they won't tell you how much until you get an offer
    - Typically they get paid less than Analyst salary (i think it was 3/4 of analyst salary or something like that in the current BB IB I am in) some banks pay less though especially outside BB banks (again generalising so take it with pinch of salt)
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    (Original post by Neocortex)
    - do you have a chance? yes but markets (S&T) is very competitive place to be and if you are not in London means you have hard time to network in the first place. When I was not in London, applying for S&T was pain... much easier when I moved back to London as you can network easier.. looking back that is. Might be easier if you do Masters in London but again thats bloody costly. Neverthless I would say have a go at it but it won't be easy...
    - Most large IBs will pay you enough for your cost of living (if not more) in London.
    - No they won't tell you how much until you get an offer
    - Typically they get paid less than Analyst salary (i think it was 3/4 of analyst salary or something like that in the current BB IB I am in) some banks pay less though especially outside BB banks (again generalising so take it with pinch of salt)
    Thanks a mill. The main obstacle was gonna be whether of not I'd be able to support myself when over there, happy days now that that's out of the way. Gonna fill out a few applications and see what comes back to me anyway.

    Thanks again, was a great help.
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    Hi, thinking of applying for S&T or/and AM. Here's what I've got..

    Currently at Exeter University and on course for a 2:1 in Economics.
    I'm in my 3rd year and currently on a year abroad studying Economics at a University in Japan, so by the time I finish I will also have a conversational level of Japanese.
    I have been trading shares for around two years and my portfolio is 70%+ up on quite a large initial investment. So I am very familiar with lots of technical analysis tools and how to analyse stocks.
    Also got the Vice Chancellor's of Excellence Scholarship for Exeter Uni.
    I However have no relevant work experience. Mainly due to internships clashing with my year abroad.

    Thoughts? Chances? Improvements?
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    Hi. I am currently on a Gap year between 6th form and Uni. I was always interested in going one of two ways... IT or Accounting/Econ/Finance. However on my gap year I managed to get a job at IBM. Now I have decided IT is not for me I really want to push towards the bank in London.

    GCSE: 12 A*s
    A-Level: BBBBB Maths, Economics, Psychology, ICT, General Studies.
    Work Experience: IBM 1 year, Junior computer programmer 6 months, Web design Qualified and I run my own Media Company.
    University: In Sept 2011 I will be going to University of Liverpool to do Economics (L100) and hope to see If I can get some internships along the way. At what stage of University would people advise to apply for internships?

    Do you think I can still do this despite the fact most of my work experience has been IT related?

    Comments and Crits welcome.
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    I'm at Imperial. Does anyone have an idea of how much better a 1st over a 2:1 is? Like, can a 1st in your degree sway a not-so-great interview?
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    (Original post by Azimuth)
    I'm at Imperial. Does anyone have an idea of how much better a 1st over a 2:1 is? Like, can a 1st in your degree sway a not-so-great interview?
    If you interview poorly it wont matter if you have a double starred first from Oxford. The only time when having a 1st over a 2:1 matters is when banks are considering two equal candidates.
 
 
 
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