“What’s your major?”
It’s a familiar greeting if you’re in university, but it’s also a common way for bankers to assess you.
If you don’t choose carefully, you’ll have a much harder time breaking into the finance industry.
And if you do choose carefully, you might be able to break in even with other flaws, such as weak internships.
I addressed this question a long time ago (2010) in an article on the ideal major for investment banking, but there have been significant changes since then.
Last time around, I recommended gaining solid knowledge of accounting and picking a major that would allow you to earn a “good GPA” and that would also support your story.
But I also cautioned you against taking too many advanced, technical classes that might sink your GPA.
Today, though, the level of technical rigor in interviews has increased dramatically.
Students learn the key concepts earlier, interviewers have higher expectations, and math and computer science skills are more important than ever before.
So, should you now do the opposite and start learning partial differential equations?