Many students want to break into investment banking, but have no finance experience and come from non-target schools. They often ask, “How do I get a finance job when they all require prior experience – which I don’t have?” It’s a chicken-or-egg issue, and students in this situation are often unable to stand out and land stellar jobs.
Want to do investment banking but not work the hours? If you want to get the investment banking skill sets (particularly M&A) but want a better work-life balance, check out corporate development positions at various companies. This position also happens to be one of the popular exit opportunities for investment bankers. This week, we interviewed a person who skipped investment banking to go straight into corporate development - from straight out of college!
Know a second language? Want to utilize that to get your dream job besides putting it at the bottom of your resume? This week, we interviewed a person who was able to not only do just that but also use it to skip investment banking and go straight into corporate development with only a finance / corporate planning background.
Low GPA? Not a finance major? No problem! Through speaking with numerous students over the past few years, many students worry about either their GPA being too low or major not being in business or finance. This week, we interviewed a student who was able to land an investment banking internship and full-time position despite starting off with a low GPA and being part of a pre-med program. Fast-forward a few years, he now works in an European bulge bracket firm.
One year. That's all that it takes. One year. Given the importance of time, everyone wants to get to their destination as soon as possible. This week, we interview a student from a non-target school who was able to land an investment banking internship within a year. One year prior, he was working at a field completely unrelated to finance or any other corporate position. Read on if you want to learn how he was able to get there!