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How to Network Like a Ninja in London and Break Into Finance with Low Grades and a Non-Target School on Your CV

Investment Banking London UK“You’ve written so much about networking, but it doesn’t work outside the US. No one in my country responds to cold calls or emails – what do I do?”

It’s one of the most common objections I get to the networking advice on M&I.

There are dozens of interviews disproving the old complaint that everything here is targeted at Ivy League grads with high grades – so let’s turn our attention to showing that networking does, in fact, “work” in other countries.

In this interview with a UK reader, you’ll learn:

  • How he went from low A-levels and a non-target university to over 1,000 finance contacts in the UK and a top Master’s program there
  • How he used a non-finance degree to boost his chances of breaking into banking
  • Whether or not traditional networking “works” in the UK and how it’s different from the US
  • What it’s like to work at a combined M&A and asset management firm

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: Sure. Growing up my family had a lot of health issues, so my academics back in secondary school suffered quite a bit since I was in the hospital constantly and had to take care of myself. To give you a rough idea:

Although my grades were poor, my family situation forced me to think about how I could survive on my own and so I started investing and building up my savings at a young age (a unique finance “spark” that I could use in my answer to the “Walk me through your resume” question).

Anyway, I had no chance of getting into a top school with that kind of performance, so I ended up going to a non-target university in London. I studied politics there and earned a 2:1 – not spectacular, but at least better than my performance before that.

More importantly, though, I completed a dissertation on an emerging market, which made me more interested in the region and gave me something I could speak to in my “story.”

Q: OK, so did you actually complete any banking or finance internships while at university?

A: No – it was a non-target school so it was completely off the radar of banks. I did a few internships in media, politics, and for non-profits and got exposed to well-known names like that.

You might brush off media internships as “not prestigious,” but I gained access to lots of CEOs, MDs, and other important people since their database had direct lines for everyone.

I figured out midway through university that I wanted to work in finance, but I was going to a non-target school and only had average grades, so I knew that I would need to get out there and pound the pavement.

I’m not sure how it is in the US, but in London if your applications are not perfect you will not get interviews.

Q: Right, so can you walk us through how you went about networking and how you leveraged all those connections from your media and politics internships?

A: Sure. Through those internships I found a few mentors who were not directly in finance, but who were extremely well-connected in the UK – that made it much easier to get past gatekeepers.

I went out to literally every finance-related event in London and met everyone there, asking for referrals and getting introductions along the way. I even cold-called plenty of firms – plenty of places said no, but a few were open to it and told me to come in and talk anyway. I even networked via a part-time retail job I had and managed to meet bankers there.

What drove me was how plenty of people said I wasn’t “good enough” – not all bankers are brutal and malicious, but I met quite a few who were. So I wanted to prove them all wrong.

Q: Yeah, I think Sylvester Stallone was driven by similar forces back before the first Rocky movie was made. What was your strategy in terms of which level of banker to contact, and what was the result of all your networking?

A: I didn’t discriminate much by level – I met lots of VPs and MDs, and found they still made time for me even though I was coming from a lesser-known school. I even had lunch with CEOs of well-known firms in related industries.

I took the usual informational interview approach and pretty much everyone I met said that I’d have to network harder and be fierce about wanting the job more than everyone else. They also helped a lot with rewriting my CV, and through all this networking I was getting lots of interviews.

But this was also at the height of the recession and the interviews weren’t converting well – so I decided to take a different approach and applied to a Master’s program at LSE instead.

Networking at LSE

Q: Quite a step up from the non-target university you attended. What did you do when you got there, and how was the networking environment different?

A: The program helped me re-brand myself, and my networking efforts exploded since I now had much easier access to CEOs, MDs, and Partners.

I’d meet someone who came in to give a talk, get their card, and set up a meeting immediately afterward – I was averaging 4-5 meetings per week and met senior guys at banks, PE firms, and even media companies.

One thing that surprised me was that most LSE students were pathetic at networking.

Even people who had interned at Goldman Sachs and other top banks had no clue how to talk to people at events, request a follow-up meeting, or anything – some of the students were impressive but overall I learned that you really shouldn’t overestimate the competition.

The average student there has attended private schools his/her entire life so he/she is “well-trained” but not necessarily effective in the real world.

LSE also runs the annual LSE Alternative Investments Conference, which costs money to attend but is worth it 10x over if you use it properly and get solid contacts there. The focus is more on hedge funds and private equity, but everyone knows bankers and there’s a lot of overlap.

Even while at LSE, I still got rejected quite a lot but then things turned around after exams and I landed over a dozen interviews right before I accepted my current job at a combined asset management / M&A firm.

By that time I had amassed over 1,000 contacts from the past 2 years of networking.

Q: Wow. Normally I tell readers that once you go beyond 50-100 it’s hard to even keep track of everyone – how did you manage to get that kind of Rolodex?

A: I could go on for hours about networking, but we don’t have that kind of time so I’ll summarize my tips as follows:

Know As Much As Possible About Bankers

I spent a lot of time getting to know people and writing down literally anything important from each meeting and logging it on my computer. Even in my current job I’m still going through these connections, which impresses my bosses quite a bit.

I also created a Google News Alert for every contact I met – that way if someone closed a deal I could send a congratulatory email or phone call. It takes 2 minutes and people really appreciate it.

Be Nice to Assistants

When you’re requesting informational interviews, always email first and then call to follow-up – you will likely speak with their assistant, and she will give you a list of dates they’re available.

If you’re rude to the assistant none of your emails or calls will get through. If you’re extremely nice to them, you will have a much higher hit rate.

Have Interests Outside of Finance

Yes, everyone wants to be the next big rainmaker and make the Financial Times headlines but you better have at least one thing you are passionate about outside of finance when you meet people.

You never know when the guy you’re meeting might be a keen deep sea diver outside his day job – so pay attention to “throwaway comments” that bankers make and latch onto them.

I would even ask CEOs if they were married or had kids and how they balanced work and family time.

I was passionate about non-profit and charity work so I always brought that one up when I met with bankers and used it as my “interesting fact.”

Ask for Referrals / Find People You Know

After every meeting I would always ask if there’s anyone else the person thought I should speak with – and before I got official interviews, I combed through the entire firm site and looked for anyone I knew personally, and then found out who interviewed people there and so on.

I also used websites such as that covered financial services companies – sometimes they had the details of brokers there and I would call directly to see if I could speak with them.

1,000 contacts is a lot, but I always thought of it as networking for the long-term and not just to get a job. It does get very difficult to maintain relationships with that many people, so they’ll definitely be less personal if you want that many contacts.

The most connected woman in the UK has 40,000+ contacts and is doing well, although she also has a team of 8 managing her network.

Q: A lot of readers believe that networking “doesn’t work” in the UK or in other regions outside the US because the recruiting process is more formal elsewhere. Your story disproves this one, but I’m guessing there are still some differences when networking in the UK – what are they?

A: The tactics are not much different – just follow everything I described above.

This is purely anecdotal, but I think the main differences were what they looked for in candidates – they wanted someone who had:

  1. Completed A-Level Mathematics.
  2. Studied something other than economics or finance.
  3. Outside interests and solid work experience.

#2 surprised me but a lot of bankers mentioned that they preferred to look at people with different academic backgrounds; in the UK A-Levels are huge so I definitely found #1 to be true.

Overall I just treated networking like socializing and talked about as much non-finance-related stuff as possible – these guys work so hard that they’re happy to shoot the breeze about the latest football game or go for a drink.

I also avoided pissing people off – if someone said no, I left. I didn’t go back to leads who were not going to help because there were plenty of others who would. Finding one person to be your “mentor” is also a great idea because then his/her entire address book is open to you.

Q: You mentioned that you completed a Master’s program focused on an emerging market rather than the usual choice of finance, accounting, or economics. How much did that help, and was it effective even though you didn’t study abroad there?

A: It made me stand out a lot because it was an interesting degree and people always asked, “Why?” Plus, I could talk all about that region in-depth and that was way more interesting than being just another MSc Finance guy.

There’s a lot of academic snobbery over what you study, but if you go to a place like LSE and want to do banking, it doesn’t matter much – as long as you don’t pick gender studies.

Studying abroad would have been cool, but as you’ve written before, you can’t just waltz in and start working in a country, and you need to be a native speaker in most cases to use a language for business.

Asset Management Meets M&A

Q: Can you tell us about your new role at the asset management / M&A firm? I’ve gotten tons of questions on asset management but haven’t been able to give solid answers about the work itself and day-in-the-life accounts. What do you do each day?

A: My role is much closer to M&A than it is to asset management – we work with a lot of asset and investment management firms, though, so I do get to spend time talking to fund managers at those places.

I spent time on the usual tasks you do in M&A: pitch books, writing monthly fact sheets and investor reports, cold-calling / sourcing deals, financial modeling, and so on. I go to around 3-4 client meetings per day with our sales guy.

In addition to this we’re building a giant database in order to comb the city for future investment. I’ve already at this stage worked on raising several million pounds for the firm and I’ve only been here a few months.

I also do some investor relations work and build up the image of the firm, and go along with the CEO when he speaks with Bloomberg or FT.

Next year I may go abroad for the roadshows since we’re thinking of expanding in places like HK, Zurich, and NYC.

Q: What about the perpetual questions of pay and exit opportunities?

A: Without giving specifics, pay is slightly less than what the usual banking graduate schemes offer due to the nature of the firm and the specific deal I have set up – it will change in the future, but that’s where I’m at right now.

As far as advancement and exit opportunities, there’s very little micro-managing here so I have a lot more control over my own fate than the typical investment banking analyst.

Other people who have worked here have gone onto:

  1. Other finance companies – equity research, private wealth management, hedge funds.
  2. INSEAD, LBS, or Barcelona for business school.
  3. Other industries altogether.

Q: You mentioned that your firm does both asset management and M&A work – how does that impact the work environment and the pay/advancement opportunities? Did you aim for this type of firm for a specific reason?

A: The work environment is nice and there’s plenty of room for advancement since it’s a relatively small firm – AUM under £1bn, with a goal to expand upwards of 10x.

I didn’t pick a combined asset management / M&A firm for a specific reason, but I wanted more of a “family”-style office because I wanted a life outside of work. I knew that at a bulge bracket bank or a mega-fund like KKR or Blackstone I would never get that.

The CEO here plays tennis all the time and everyone does something outside work, so it’s easy to hear about interesting stories from everyone here. They also acknowledged in interviews that they respected personal ambitions even if they’re unrelated to finance.

So I didn’t really “aim” for this type of firm, but it turned out to be the perfect fit for me.

Q: What are your future plans now that you’ve defied the odds to break into finance? Are you planning to stay there for a few years or move to another industry?

A: I’m planning to stay at my current firm for the long-term – my colleagues are great and I have no reason to leave since the working conditions and hours are quite good.

I will probably stay here for 3-4 years, and then maybe move somewhere else in finance such as a middle-market bank in an Associate role. At that point I might move up the ladder or go to something else like VC until I reach the MD-level. Then I’d want to set up a charity such as ARK (Absolute Returns for Kids) and focus on solving social problems and improving social mobility in the UK.

Of course, I also want to do a lot of traveling as well and see the world.

Q: Great. Thanks for your time – learned a lot about networking and how the London scene is different from other countries.

A: No problem.

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Brian DeChesare is the Founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street. In his spare time, he enjoys memorizing obscure Excel functions, editing resumes, obsessing over TV shows, traveling like a drug dealer, and defeating Sauron.

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  1. Nice article , I am moving to London in September for an MSc Finance at Cass Business School. I hold a BSc Economics (2.1) , solid quant score in the GRE, diverse extracurricular activities and volunteering. I have a genuine interest in corporate finance and strong technical knowledge however, I have no prior internship experience. I have followed many of your guidelines and manage to spin my CV into something (hopefully) much better. Already working on networking mainly with Cass alumni through LinkedIn. Results are really good and i am thinking of asking for informational sessions when I arrive. Going to apply REALLY early for summer internships as well as off cycle roles across the street. Do you think this could work for getting at least some interviews?

    1. Yes, please see some of the other UK-based networking stories on the site for more tips (quite a few have been published since this article).

  2. I am a New Zealander who has recently moved to London to try and get into banking or asset management, however I am struggling to make any progress. I have been trying to find a mentor or network opportunities however due to my lack of knowledge of London I am struggling. Also as New Zealand doesn’t do A levels I feel that my cv is not being considered. And suggestions or assistance would be greatly appreciated.


    1. We’d need more information to advise you… what level are you at? University student? Graduate? What does your previous internship experience look like? How have you been networking so far?

  3. Insightful article, I still believe it holds, even for trading.

    He’s defo right about London and perfect applications. The recruiters will not be forgiving if you lack certain credentials. For those of you in London, there’s now an explicit requirement from many junior jobs in finance for you to have a degree from a top 20 university.

    I’d like to comment on the interviewee’s anecdotes:

    – Completed A-Level Mathematics: extremely true, a lot of junior roles even outright specify that you have A-Level Mathematics at grade A to be considered. Granted this could be with recruiters only, however, I’ve found that institutions will look for this especially if your degree is irrelevant or if you went to a non-target or a non-top 20.

    – Studied something other than economics or finance: he’s wrong, for the most part. If you studied something like PPE from Oxford, perhaps. Even then this is only as mitigated with respect to you university rank. E.G. you’ll have a far easier time getting interviews if you have a degree in biology from Cambridge than one from London Met.
    Though, I find more business focused subjects still seem to make up most hires, especially for trading. The exception with trading being if you’re in engineering or a quanty degree with some evidence you’re into finance.

    Having said that, the only non-finance/business/economics guys I’ve seen get through are the ones who networked effectively. Even then it isn’t as common which highlights how difficult it is. The quant degrees have an easier time for obvious reasons, but not as easy as the finance/economics guys for even more obvious reasons.

    Mind you, simply being in the economics/finance courses is golden opportunity to network with your peers who’ll either know some solid networks or will be solid networks. Especially if you’re in a target.

    – Outside interests and solid work experience: defo true. Though, they look for how much value your interest has. However, I’ll agree the more interesting you are, the more it helps. Solid experience is a given.

    The only potential thing I can think of adding is the IMC, which from what I understand unlike the CFA/CISI, has more chances of helping one land a FO role and it is easier to obtain. Assuming I’m not mistaken?

    1. Thanks for adding that. I’m not sure if the IMC really helps for investment banking roles.

      1. IBD, defo not. Though “investment related roles” like trading or research analyst, it can help. Similar to how a CFA can help in some areas like you’ve mentioned in some other articles.

        In my opinion, the edge that the IMC has over the CFA in this regard is it is easier to obtain and grants you the same events the CFA would. Which I reckon would be helpful to those who’re more cash-strapped and don’t have the time to spend hours on all the CFA exams.

  4. Hi Brian, I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in finance in a Top 10 French business School. I’m currently an intern at a Private Equity Firm in a North African Country and I’ll soon move to London to study there in my school’s London campus. I already started contacting Alumni and I’m planning to start cold-emailing as well in order to secure a 6 month internship in investment banking this summer. My question is: What are my chances of success and what can I do to improve them?

    1. It’s tough to say without knowing your full stats, but you have a decent chance if you’re at a top 10 school. You may want to see this article for more tips:

      1. Tank you! actually last year (my final undergrad year which is called “license” in France) I didn’t get good grades because I was affected by the death of a loved one, BUT i did really well in finance related courses (18.5/20 and 19.5/20). And before that I was in preparatory classes where the grades are notoriously low for everybody (but I did really well since I was the First of my class)

  5. Hi Brian/Nicole, my case might be a bit unusual. I’m a early 20s brazilian on last year of LLB from a top five law school in Brazil. I have already taken a one year internship on arbitration but want to move to IB.

    I want to break into investment banking in London and am unsure what would be my best option.

    Right now I can foresee basically three paths that I could take:

    1- take an internship in a Brazilian law firm into the field of mergers and acquisitions or securities law, working two or three years as a lawyer, then taking an MBA in Europe.

    2- take an internship in a Brazilian law firm into the field of mergers and acquisitions or securities law, straight after graduation take a masters in either finance or management. I really liked the Two year Master in Management from HEC.

    3- after graduation from law school pursue an undergraduate in either economics or finance in London.

    Given those scenarios which do you think would be my best option. Would you suggest any other alternatives. Could the CFA be of any help for me?

    Thank you very much.

    1. 3) is probably best, but think about a Master’s degree instead. The CFA might be helpful but should not be your top priority.

  6. Hi Brian. I want to secure a role in investment banking in London. Right now I am a last year LLB student in a top 5 brazilian law school. Will probably secure an internship in M&A or securities law next year. Would you recommend applying for a Masters, MBA or an undergrad in London?

    1. Maybe? It’s tough to say because I don’t know your previous background. A Master’s degree is most appropriate if you already have an undergraduate degree and no work experience.

  7. Hi Brian, Good article. I am currently a final year student at a non-target school studying economics. i am on track for a first but i failed to secure an investment banking internship last year.

    I was wondering what my best route to secure a Investment banking role would be.

    I am 25 so i assume doing a masters may make me to old to hire as an analyst. Also i do not have much relevant work experience. would it be beneficial to still apply for internships in hope that i get hired at the end of it full time.

    Many thanks

  8. Hello,
    I was just wondering about the differences in investment banking between London and NYC. I am currently an undergrad at a target school in the US, and was wondering if applying to M&A positions in London is possible for Americans. In addition, what other differences in banking work and life are there in London as opposed to the US? Do I need to know a Euro language? Thanks so much for your time.

    Also, I was just wondering if youd consider Northwestern a target school for investment banks.

    Thank you so much for your time and help.

  9. Hi Brian/Nicole!

    I’m brazilian, and really interested in breaking into investment banking in UK, but because of my unusual background I’m having a hard time trying to find out the best way to do that.

    My background:

    – Graduated in a target Business School in Brazil
    – 4 years of Full-Time experience in Structured Finance (specially Securitization and Real Estate Project Finance) in an important local boutique (worked in some big deals, begin to end)
    – Just passed CFA Level I exam
    – European citizenship

    Trying to choose between:

    A) Move to London and try to break in with some help of connections I have there (some few friends working there as analysts/associates)

    B) Applying to a Masters in Finance in a target school in Europe or US (Stockholm School of Economics is a good choice because it’s almost free for EU citizens an seems to have good placement for London jobs)

    C) Applying to a Full-Time MBA in a target school in Europe or US

    It would be nice staying in Structured Finance/Project Finance because of my previous experience, but I am considering any IB jobs, or even something on the buy side (structured finance products investors).

    It’s important to consider that unfortunately I’m almost 100% iliquid (I made some RE investments last year, but right now the market is horrible to sell), so if a choose for a master the SSE program would be the best option.

    I would really appreciate if you could help me!!

    Thanks a lot!

    1. I would say B) or C) are your best options because with 4 years of full-time experience, you’ll almost certainly need some other degree to get into IB at this stage. C) is probably the most realistic option because most firms won’t hire you as an IB Analyst with that much experience, but they also wouldn’t be comfortable bringing you on as an Associate.

  10. Hi

    I was wondering about something. When you list your A level grades do you have to put your AS level results and your A2 level results on application forms or do they only want to see your overall A level results?

    1. Just list overall A-level results.

      1. Thanks for that. There was one other thing in my mind. When they ask for degree classification if you have graduated do you have to put down your module marks or should you just put the overall score? Or does it vary between banks.

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          M&I - Nicole

          I think it varies, but I’d just include what you’re comfortable with (i.e. what looks best) unless they have specific requirements

      2. Thanks. One last thing do you have to put your degree breakdown by listing all your module marks if you have graduated or can you just put your overall results.

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          M&I - Nicole

          I’d say overall results are fine unless they specify otherwise

  11. Hello,

    Really enjoyed this topic. I have a few questions regarding entering into IB . I am a Criminology Graduate (2:1), wishing to go into finance. I was considering doing a PG diploma in Finance at Birkbeck University and then potentially doing Msc at a better university (E.g UCL). Do you think that this route could work? Also, I haven’t done any internships, what should I do now?


    1. Potentially, yes, but it’s easier to just go directly into an Msc at a better university. Please see this article for what to do with no internship experience:

  12. Networking in London, apart from going to formal networking events, how would you go about doing it?

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      M&I - Nicole

      I’d most definitely use LinkedIn.

      1. How about does the process go? Just message people on it in the department you want to work in?

        Is there an article that details how to just LinkedIn?

  13. In my university this banking recruiter mentioned something about banks not waiting till you to get you if you’re on a Bosch programme.

    How much weight does a Bosch programme hold with banks?

    I read your article on how things have changed over the 5 years.
    Has banks’ view changed about CFA, CIMA and ACA programmes? I ask because the other day I was on job sites and a sizable amount of vacancies did ask for a professional qualification such as the ones I outlined. To add perspective, these are analyst positions.

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      Nicole Lee

      Yes some roles look for such certifications but most IB roles don’t; they prefer candidates with deal experience from target schools. I am not 100% sure about the Bosch programme so I’ll let readers answer this.

  14. Hello guys, I have been reading your helpful articles for the past months and I wanted to say that I admire your passion and work discipline on how you respond to comments and try to help everyone.

    I grew up in Turkey. Currently, I am a final year BSc Finance student at a non-target university in UK. I had an internship in Corporate Finance at KPMG Turkey this summer and had 4 other internships at different financial services firm in Turkey, the past summers. I’m planning to study a master’s in finance degree next year at LSE/LBS/HEC/UCL or MIT. I’m interested in going into investment banking and advising companies on deals in the TMT sectors.

    After reading this paragraph from the article;
    “A: It made me stand out a lot because it was an interesting degree and people always asked, “Why?” Plus, I could talk all about that region in-depth and that was way more interesting than being just another MSc Finance guy.”

    I wanted to ask you as a BSc Finance student, should I apply to MSc Finance or MSc International Management program at LSE. (or another exotic program like MSc China in Comparative Perspective)

    And same questions for the other universities which have MSc Finance and MSc Management degrees. (LBS/HEC/UCL)

    As an investment banking (M&A, Valuation etc) career focused person, I would prefer not to study extra-quantitative modules like fixed-income, security valuation, econometrics, etc…

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      M&I - Nicole

      I’d say LSE is a great school, and MSc in Finance is probably best for finance roles. LBS is probably one of the better ones amongst the 3 you list. I’d suggest that you contact LSE re. the MSc Intl Mgmt program and see if banks hire from that program. Best to speak with LSE’s career centre.

    2. No matter what anyone says. I’ve found that you’re always going to play a risky game doing a non finance degree. Particularly at post grad.
      Even the speaker’s post graduate degree was in finance just not as broad.

      Notice he said “not another MSc finance guy”, that means a lot of them approach. The quest to be interesting is risky. Finance post grad might seem “boring” but pair that with other aspects of yourself like hobbies or experience and you’ve got it down. You’ll skip the “why finance” filter.

      IMO without serious networking with those who have decision making power and lacking relevant skills (see job specs), you won’t get far.

      Like one gentleman said, the industry gets more competitive each year. Nowadays you need skills like SQL or VB to be considered for a lot of analyst roles which aren’t graduate roles. Guess what’ll be your backup if grad schemes don’t work out.

      Basically assess your situation and the story you could tell before trying to look “interesting”.

  15. Hi! I’m about to start undergrad Econ at one of the target unis and have good A levels etc. However, I would like to get a head start on networking and setting up meetings but ,unfortunately, have no real idea where to begin. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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      M&I - Nicole

      I’d make sure you set up your LinkedIn profile and connect to people especially your alumni in the industry via LinkedIn as well as email address. I’d start attending on campus recruiting events to get a sense first, and start having coffee with alumni to better understand the industry.

  16. Hi M&I, I currently study accounting and finance in my foundation year of a 4 year degree at a non-target uni. I have worse GCSE’s and A-Levels (BBBBCC and 1 A-Level at grade D) than the interviewee due to mitigating circumstances, and after almost giving up on academia I began an introductory course on the financial markets that I loved and found a 4 year degree that accepted me. I have been doing some networking and starting to build up my contacts and I also work at a brokerage firm but its starting to become difficult to balance studiying and working. How much experience is needed to make up for my lack of A-Levels? And will experience at a trading and advisory brokerage firm help with trying to gain a spring week/internship at an Investment bank?

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      M&I - Nicole

      Yes your experience at the brokerage firm can potentially help you. I’d say if you’ve built up some track record, this will really help you.

  17. I am applying for university now in the UK and i was wondering of you could tell me the top target universities in order of priority?

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      M&I - Nicole

      I’d say LSE, Oxford, Cambridge (not in order of priority). Others like University of Warwick is also a good school.

    2. Assuming you mean undergrad, the top 5 Uni’s, in no particular order, are: LSE, Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL and Warwick. IB’s recruit at those Uni’s (target). After that it comes down to how badly you want it!

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        M&I - Nicole

        Thanks for your input!

        1. Dear Nicole,

          I am a student at a top 20 LAC, and will be studying abroad at LSE next year. This is my junior year of college, and my career center told me that it would be the same applying for NYC banks in London as it is in the US. My main question is, what can I do about superday? Would the bank in question pay for an international flight back to the US? My first LSE break is from December 9th to January 3rd, would this be when superdays are held?

          The main reason why I am against applying for banks in London is because I find the process to be a bit more convoluted and because I want to work in NYC after college as well.

          Thanks so much!!!


          1. These days (2016), the bank would probably not pay for the flight if you’re that far away, but you never know. Superdays are generally moving up to be earlier and earlier, but yes, many are still held in that period. My best advice would be to apply very early and push for Superdays in the fall or attempt to finish the whole process remotely.

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