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Could someone describe their personal path to becoming a business broker?

I'm a senior wanting to pursue a career in finance and law and would like some advice on the steps taken to become a business broker, particularly mergers and acquisitions. What college did you attend, if any? What major did you pursue, if any? Do you have a degree? Did you intern for a brokerage company? How did you find, or start, your current job? What advice would you give to anyone wanting to follow this career path? #business #finance #corporate-finance #business-lawyer


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Haley’s Answer

I think you might be looking more at investment banking. Investment banking includes Mergers and acquisitions. I am a senior in college majoring in finance and Business analytics who has networked with a few investment banking companies. If/When you are 18, I would create a LinkedIn and reach out to maybe alumni of your high school or college you are thinking of attending and finding people that do what you think you want to do. People are usually more than happy to talk to students and that way you can ask them questions on what they do. As a college student, I think majoring in finance is a good start. Since M&A is analytical, I have noticed more engineering/Mathematic students entering the industry as well. Some colleges have some form of investment program within their business school and these programs usually open doors for networking. At the end of the day, the world of finance is heavily based on networking. You could go to a top college and have fantastic grades, but still be denied because investment banking is a pretty hard industry. Networking is key.

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Haley’s Answer

I think you might be looking more at investment banking. Investment banking includes Mergers and acquisitions. I am a senior in college majoring in finance and Business analytics who has networked with a few investment banking companies. If/When you are 18, I would create a LinkedIn and reach out to maybe alumni of your high school or college you are thinking of attending and finding people that do what you think you want to do. People are usually more than happy to talk to students and that way you can ask them questions on what they do. As a college student, I think majoring in finance is a good start. Since M&A is analytical, I have noticed more engineering/Mathematic students entering the industry as well. Some colleges have some form of investment program within their business school and these programs usually open doors for networking. At the end of the day, the world of finance is heavily based on networking. You could go to a top college and have fantastic grades, but still be denied because investment banking is a pretty hard industry. Networking is key.

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Kevin’s Answer

The term you used "business broker" isn't quite right. That said, mergers and acquisitions is usually within the scope of an investment bank. I would highly recommend you look up "investment banking m&a" on LinkedIn to find out the different backgrounds people have in that industry.


Also, you could be in a company within a corporate finance/corporate development role, where you could be looking for potential acquisitions.


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