How important is University branding for IB? And a couple of other Qs.

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I'm applying to all semi-targets and already have work experience with banks however, I was wondering how important university branding is for investment banks.

Why do they require you to go to specific universities? Is it supposed to be a selling point to clients, as is the case with consulting firms? Are those specific universities better at preparing students for the job?
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It’s not a hard requirement, people break in from lower tier universities every year but are a minority. Tbh it’s a mix of everything you mentioned, the universities are known to attract the best and brightest students so recruiters gravitate to them + convenience for CV screens. Easy way to cut down number of apps they have to look at.
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I'm applying to all semi-targets and already have work experience with banks however, I was wondering how important university branding is for investment banks.

Why do they require you to go to specific universities? Is it supposed to be a selling point to clients, as is the case with consulting firms? Are those specific universities better at preparing students for the job?
For which universities did you apply?
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For which universities did you apply?
Nottingham, Bristol, Bath, St.Andrews and Exeter.

Yes, I'm staying up trying to figure out whether I should apply to UCL, Warwick, Durham, St.Andrews and Bristol instead for Politics because it's easier to get into and the course is somewhat interesting.
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Nottingham, Bristol, Bath, St.Andrews and Exeter.

Yes, I'm staying up trying to figure out whether I should apply to UCL, Warwick, Durham, St.Andrews and Bristol instead for Politics because it's easier to get into and the course is somewhat interesting.
You can take out at andrews and replace it with Nottingham or bath?
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You can take out at Andrews and replace it with Nottingham or bath?
Is it worth it to try and change to do a politics degree at better Universities even though I like finance more?
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Is it worth it to try and change to do a politics degree at better Universities even though I like finance more?
I would recommend you to do an economics degree if you have the grades rather than a politics degree you will have more scope with an economics degree?
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I would recommend you to do an economics degree if you have the grades rather than a politics degree you will have more scope with an economics degree?
Unfortunately don't have the grades for Econ, other than financial economics at St. Andrews.
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For target universities degree doesn’t matter that much but you should enjoy the subject where you can get the grades like 2:1.
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For target universities degree doesn’t matter that much but you should enjoy the subject where you can get the grades like 2:1.
I honestly don't know what to pick anymore.
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I honestly don't know what to pick anymore.
What subjects do you like to study?
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What subjects do you like to study?
Finance, Accounting, Econ, all of the common business subjects. Yet, I don't know whether politics is something I'll excel at.
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It'll be incredibly hard to change my personal statement to something politics related all in the span of a month! Plus, there are only two targets I could apply to, all else being semi-targets.
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Because if you don’t have that interest to study politics then do not study that subject as you have to study that for 3 years at university.
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Study the subject you find most interesting to you.
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Finance, Accounting, Econ, all of the common business subjects. Yet, I don't know whether politics is something I'll excel at.
Your selection of A-Levels (and one A-Level equivalent) is an issue for some universities. A politics degree may be the best option for you, because I struggle to see what else would be suitable. Accounting and Finance would probably, maybe, be a course which overlooks your narrow selection of A-Levels.
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Because if you don’t have that interest to study politics then do not study that subject as you have to study that for 3 years at university.
I think vibe got a plan, thanks for all your help )
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I think vibe got a plan, thanks for all your help )
What is your plan?
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Nottingham, Bristol, Bath, St.Andrews and Exeter.

Yes, I'm staying up trying to figure out whether I should apply to UCL, Warwick, Durham, St.Andrews and Bristol instead for Politics because it's easier to get into and the course is somewhat interesting.
Should be fine at any of those unis as long as you do what you're meant to do.
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