5 Important Keys to Becoming an Investment Banker - Undergrad

1. Know "why investment banking?"

inside and out. This shouldn't just be something you plan on reciting during interviews, it should be a conviction.

2. Build your story

you need to be able to show that you truly have an interest in ibanking. This means joining the right clubs and societies, showing leadership, and taking on relevant internships. (having coursework outside of finance and other business related majors is OK, as long as you can explain "why you want to do investment banking" and how this major fits into the puzzle.)

3. GPA!

this could quite possibly be the most important as without a strong GPA your resume will literally be thrown out in seconds. Especially if you are just starting university, you need to always know what your end goal is and how important grades are.

4. Do your research!

understand the recruiting process. If your university is not a target school, then you will need to network much harder. You will also need to know exactly what to expect for interviews. … IbankinFAQ is a good place to start for interview prep.

5. Network! Network! Network

pretty self explanatory! Reach out to bankers, learn about the industry, and get your name out there! Read our guide on networking

*Paying for courses in Investment Banking or paying for other training courses won't actually get you in the door. Your school matter more than anything! Next is any and all relevant work experience and grades. Training courses are things you might list at the very bottom of a resume with extracurriculars in less than a line (shows how important they are).