SF, Help me choose a career path.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by J Darnielle, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Max Biggavel

    Max Biggavel Senior member

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    i know a guy that finished his finance BS in 2.5 years with a perfect gpa and didnt find any work fresh out of school
     


  2. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    I hear/read this type of thing all the time WRT analyst positions, but how is someone fresh out of school supposed to land a position that typically requires a minimum of 3-5 years of pretty specific experience (according to online analyst job postings)?

    Are these research jobs? Analyst has a little different meaning in those groups, but for most jobs it's an entry level title.
     


  3. Alan B.

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    I'm sure you can find some law school which will accept you w/ a low GPA. You don't want to waste your life by making $35k a year. Go for it! Forget about the debt, you'll make that up in no time once you start working for a big firm.
     


  4. J Darnielle

    J Darnielle Senior member

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    95th percentile with a shitty gpa is way worse than you think. There is NO WAY you are going to Northwestern with a 167/low gpa. Let alone a "certainty" with work experience. Check out Law school numbers. No one between 166-168 was admitted below a 3.7 gpa.

    Bottom line is you are seriously overestimating your chances of admission and scholarships. Scholarships are hard to get as someone with a low gpa.


    I scored 170, I believe it's 97th percentile actually. With work experience, I could ED to NW pretty easily.
     


  5. Alan B.

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    Go for it. You don't have to convince us.
     


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    Are these research jobs? Analyst has a little different meaning in those groups, but for most jobs it's an entry level title.

    Im not sure they are research jobs exclusively, but I've never seen any type of analyst job that didnt require experience (at least none posted online.) And I've been looking.
     


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    a clothing forum help choose your career? do we have to help you wipe your ass too?

    Hold on for a sec, though. The fact that people are coming here for general life advice means that SF has become the Magic 8-ball of the Net. That says something.

    Getting to the OP's question and subsequent posts, I think there is merit in applying to jobs in regional offices - other posters are right that those sorts of places (regardless of industry) always seem to be in hiring mode, for the reasons stated. The pay may not top out as high, but the costs of living should be lower.

    A good question to ask yourself is where you want to be in 5 years.
     


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    Have you gotten your CFA or plan on trying for it?
     


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    I scored 170, I believe it's 97th percentile actually. With work experience, I could ED to NW pretty easily.

    What is your work experience? CIA agent?

    Nothing is guaranteed. FWIW, a classmate from Cornell had a shitty GPA, 170 LSAT could only get into American.
     


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    You can't be this desperate.
     


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    Im not sure they are research jobs exclusively, but I've never seen any type of analyst job that didnt require experience (at least none posted online.) And I've been looking.

    Analyst positions at investment banks are entry-level jobs, right out of school. A summer internship in finance is additive but not necessary. Now a research analyst is a different thing altogether and they rarely hire out of undergrad, more often out of business school.
     


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    Im not sure they are research jobs exclusively, but I've never seen any type of analyst job that didnt require experience (at least none posted online.) And I've been looking.

    You are looking at the wrong kind of analyst (or more likely, the kind of analyst jobs we are talking about never actually get posted on public sites as they only recruit directly at schools).

    Analyst is the standard BA title.
     


  13. rjakapeanut

    rjakapeanut Senior member

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    I scored 170, I believe it's 97th percentile actually. With work experience, I could ED to NW pretty easily.

    maybe.

    do you want to be a lawyer? if so, what kind of lawyer? what type of law would you be interested in being involved with?
     


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    Analyst positions at investment banks are entry-level jobs, right out of school. A summer internship in finance is additive but not necessary. Now a research analyst is a different thing altogether and they rarely hire out of undergrad, more often out of business school.

    You are looking at the wrong kind of analyst (or more likely, the kind of analyst jobs we are talking about never actually get posted on public sites as they only recruit directly at schools).

    Analyst is the standard BA title.


    Gotcha.

    Any tips on how to pursue an entry-level analyst position 2 years after graduating with a BS in Finance? (Ive been with a marketing company since graduation, so I have no relevant experience/connections.) I thought about going back for a Masters of Finance as a way to increase my odds of getting my foot in the door.
     


  15. Son Of Saphir

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    I hear/read this type of thing all the time WRT analyst positions, but how is someone fresh out of school supposed to land a position that typically requires a minimum of 3-5 years of pretty specific experience (according to online analyst job postings)?

    Gift of gab,
    me see it happen.
    Big jobs for experience people,
    inexperience young people landed the jobs.
     


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