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post #31 of 62
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Thanks so much for the quick reply, L-B.
I hoped to have Accounting as a fail-proof back-up, but after some major trouble with Managerial Accounting class, I never wanted to touch another Accounting class ever again. Beyond all of these finance books I look through every day, I don't know what other choice I have (besides the first few posts in this thread).
I agree with you on the majority of people "not doing what they love" note. I don't know which will make me succumb first: my need for a good income that helps me keep a certain lifestyle or my dislike of my job (note: I'm assuming here that I'll hate my future finance-related job/s).

Why exactly do you have to do finance? It doesn't look like you'll be doing anything in IB so you're looking at a bunch of mid/back office crap that pays poorly and is boring as hell. Have you looked at finance or even supply chain/ops opportunities in F500 companies, or even government work?

Broaden your job search horizons a bit.
post #32 of 62
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Alright, just a little update:

I've been meeting a lot of people (I despise the word "networking" - yes, I realize how important it is, but let's just call it 'being genuinely interested in other people and not just merely using them'), and through a (now) good friend who works at a rather prominent bank, I have an interview with said friend for the upcoming semester. I don't want to cross my T's just yet, but I feel extremely proud and happy to have gotten the chance. More and more so lately, I'm starting to learn (the hard way, no less) of "when the opportunity reveals itself.."

I have no clue how I'm going to balance 2 internships at the same time next semester. Through a lot of friends who've already had this kind of internship that I'm gunning for, almost every Finance major student has this on their resume (*coughWealthMgmtcough*). My resume is super lackluster, despite some close mentors (who lead trading desks and are VPs of some banks) telling me that I'm a good fit for a S&T position. As such, I feel I need at least something substantial on my resume.

Going back a bit, next semester's goal is really all about locking down a summer internship that could potentially lead to a full-time offer (well, it's usually the case for some upperclassmen I know). My professors are reminding me to keep up my GPA and find a balance between work/school/interviewing. I've never had this kind of a hectic schedule and I absolutely welcome it. I'm just having doubts on what I should do.

As you can clearly see, I worry about things that are a bit away. But I'd rather worry now when it's winding down than worry later and stumble along. Any thoughts/opinions on whether I should pursue this internship (once again, it's not a lock just yet, but according to the good friend, I just need to talk to her boss for 5 minutes, get the Yes, and I'm good to go for next semester)?

Thanks! And thanks even more for reading through the globs of paragraphs.
post #33 of 62
Thread Starter 
Just got the confirmation e-mail that I got the unpaid bank internship for the upcoming semester.

Looking to learn as much as possible. I don't know how I'm going to balance 2 internships and a full courseload, but it's a challenge I'm looking forward to.
post #34 of 62
Congrats. How many hours are you working at each? How many credits you taking?
post #35 of 62
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^ Bank internship is about 15-16 hours (possibly more) spread over 2 days/week. I'm getting credit for this internship and I'm taking 17 credits (5 classes) next semester.

The fashion internship is only one day (6-8 hours).
Edited by pseudonym - 12/29/11 at 1:17pm
post #36 of 62
Shit. Three full days of work and 5 classes?
post #37 of 62
Thread Starter 
^ Yeah, it'll be much more to handle than my last semester in which I just interned at the fashion company.

I'm looking forward to it, though.
post #38 of 62
Thread Starter 
Crap. According to paperwork, I'm actually scheduled to work 20.5 hours spread over 2 days at this unpaid bank internship.

I was told otherwise, but I'll see. Excited to see how this semester pans out. I'm more worried that I won't even have time to interview for summer internships. A (paid) summer internship is really more important at this point.
post #39 of 62
you can drop a class or drop the fashion internship.
post #40 of 62
Yeah something has to give. I'd pick one internship and stick to your classes.
post #41 of 62
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, the fashion internship keeps me sane. I want to see how this bank internship pans out first before I make a decision.

I know it's a lot, but I feel I need the challenge. I've been way too complacent and stagnant these past few semesters in terms of actually being motivated.

This new schedule will make me appreciate things a lot more. Of course, you can count on me to rant in this thread.

PS - I've been looking a lot into Human Capital Management/Succession Planning and I am a bit disheartened at the fact that very few of these banks I'm applying to have HR summer internships (paid, that is). To my knowledge, Morgan has one (https://www.morganstanley.com/about/careers/pdf/SA_HR_AP.pdf), but beyond that, nothing is showing up in my research.

That brings up the next question: How does one exactly break into HCM?
post #42 of 62
No clue. I really know little about the field. May be a good time to ask career services at your school then hit up any alumni that work in HR/Succession Planning/Executive Search.
post #43 of 62
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Bank internship is going alright; I'm doing basic b*tchwork and it's incredibly boring and sleep-inducing.

My family connection I mentioned earlier in this topic just told me he may have an opening starting now until the summer. He asked me what my hours look like.

Damn it, this is the worst time he could've told me. I'm not exactly under strict contract with my current bank, but my family connection works in energy trading, which is much more eye-catching than my current internship.

What should I do?
post #44 of 62
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Bank internship is going alright; I'm doing basic b*tchwork and it's incredibly boring and sleep-inducing.
My family connection I mentioned earlier in this topic just told me he may have an opening starting now until the summer. He asked me what my hours look like.
Damn it, this is the worst time he could've told me. I'm not exactly under strict contract with my current bank, but my family connection works in energy trading, which is much more eye-catching than my current internship.
What should I do?

What specifically are you doing in your bank internship? What do you see yourself doing? I mean if your cold calling people all day for an advisor, i'd quit that and do the trading.
post #45 of 62
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Bank internship is going alright; I'm doing basic b*tchwork and it's incredibly boring and sleep-inducing.
My family connection I mentioned earlier in this topic just told me he may have an opening starting now until the summer. He asked me what my hours look like.
Damn it, this is the worst time he could've told me. I'm not exactly under strict contract with my current bank, but my family connection works in energy trading, which is much more eye-catching than my current internship.
What should I do?

Most internships are bitch work. Tell the internship that you want to be challenged more otherwise you will have to pursue other opportunities. Tell the family connection your current situation but give him hours you could work in the event you don't have the other commitment. Then see how the bank internship responds.
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