Originally Posted by hanker565
Investment banking / finance attracts many smart people that did not know what they wanted to do after school. It's not something you can be passionate about, but it pays the bills and helps you develop certain skills until you figure out what you want to do with your life (I have still not figured this out).
Yes, this is, in part, the reason why I'm currently looking to dive into the IB industry. Wall Street is something that fascinates me, even if analyst-level IBD work seems dull and dry, rinse and repeat with bloodshot eyes.
As my school places very well into IBD (much less so in regards to S&T), I figure that even if I don't love the IBD work, the pedigree obtained from working at a BB for a few years as well as all the knowledge and experience that can be gained will at the very least give me a fantastic amount of insight into what I want to do with my life. I'm tentatively looking at BB -> Ivy League MBA - > maybe SC/MC at MBB, back to IBD, or PE/VC.
I figure that this is my best option right now. Currently I have a strong GPA, some solid leads on strong sophomore summer internships, and leadership/extracurricular experience. My networking skills could use some work, so I'll be concentrating on that this summer. Hopefully all of this combined with my school's ability to place a lot of kids onto the Street will land me a BB internship my junior year. I'll be working my ass off in the mean time, so we'll see.