Getting a head start in your career now means getting into the right universities. Investment banks receive hundreds of CVs everyday and less than 5% of applicants make the cut. How do HR managers look through the endless supply of resumes from eager graduates? Most of the times, they use shortcuts and one of the best shortcuts to filtering through the candidates is to judge a candidate by the school he attended.
The rationale is that if a student makes the cut to a top school, he must have been a high achiever with outstanding grades and impressive extra curricular activities on his CV. To graduate from a top school should also mean that the candidate has been through a rigorous education system and survived. So it makes sense to trust that graduates from top schools have already been filtered from the rest of the student population.
Rightly or wrongly, this is what more HR managers do. So to stand out among recruiters, it’s best to start by enrolling in a respectable school.
Here are the universities that can get your foot in the door of the world’s top investment banks.
US & Europe:
London School of Economics
New York University
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Chicago
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Chinese University of Hong Kong
National University of Singapore
Indian Institute of Technology
The list is not exhaustive and represents a popular source of recruitment for banks. These educational institutions are famed for their courses in mathematics, finance, economics and numerical related courses. Just getting into these unis will not guarantee you a job at an investment bank. You will also need to work hard and compete against many equally capable and ambitious students! If you can get in, thrive and graduate with flying colours, you are one step closer to landing your dream career as an investment banker.