(Original post by fishpaste)
Thank you very much. Have some rep. I don't know what I want to apply for. I'm doing maths, so investment banking is an obvious route to check out. However, I'm quite frankly sick of visiting websites and reading jargon, "we like to challenge ourselves, do YOU?" If I can't get excited over investment banking it may well not be for me. Right now I think the most inviting thing I've seen for this summer is www.campamerica.co.uk
. If I did want to get into financial services after I graduate, do you think they would regard campamerica as a good way to spend a summer?
No problem. I think my also brother got sick and tired of the trawl through websites and prospectuses (he got so fed up, he passed me all the brochures and asked me what i thought he should apply for. The funny thing is, i told him what to apply for at KPMG and in the end, that was where he ended up!
) If you're not too keen on investment banking, have you thought about accountancy or actuary? If you're not too sure what area you want to work in, why don't you try to get some work placements in different kinds of firms.
It's always good for your CV later on to say that you've had some kind of experience. I think my brother was looking at investment banks as well as accountancy firms. Come to think of it, he had a placement at Deutsche Bank in addition to KPMG and PwC.
I don't think that Camp America would be a bad thing... It would show future employers all the skills that other types of job would give you, e.g commitment, helping people, teamwork etc. What year at uni are you in? If you're still in your 1st year, there'll still be time after this summer for you to do placements. One word of advice (i don't know if other companies are like this) but my brother got a placement at KPMG and so when he applied for a contract, he was skipped straight to the second round of interviews. I think his placement must've went some way in their decision to offer him a contract on condition of obtaining a 2:2 in finals instead of the normal expectation of 2:1. (I can't think of any other reason to offer him such a low offer, as he hasn't really the best academic record!) So a placement may always help you later on!!!