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Having an interest of being a part of the Banking Industry and wanting to excel in there , Which of the majors today would help me achieve it the best , considering the Future and its needs and requirements ?
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Jennifer’s Answer

For Banking careers, majoring in Business, Finance, and Accounting are all very valuable.
Thankyou very much DD M.
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Bob’s Answer

Hello, I would focus on learning/building AI apps related to Banking/Finance.... more and more of the business is being automated and left to algorithms. Good luck!
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Nathan’s Answer

Hi DD,

What area of the banking industry did you want to get into? There are many facets to the banking industry such as accounting, buy/sell side analysts, trading, research, forecasting, and IT. If you are involved in a business major (finance, accounting, marketing, economics) you'll find your area of interest and put yourself in a good position to get into the banking world. In general, having one of the above majors coupled with some IT knowledge will greatly help you. I'd put myself as an example. I was a finance major also taking a couple programming classes in college. I worked for a bank learning about bond trading and compliance, finding an enjoyment in programming in VBA and SQL. The banking world will always need it's traders and research analysts, but to set yourself apart from the crowd would be to learn BI (Business Intelligence) programs such as Tableau/Qlik/PowerBI. The world of banking is constantly changing and I think the current need is for people who are adaptable and can quickly learn things. I hope this has helped.
Thankyou very much DD M.
What about Business Analytics ? How could it help? DD M.
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Yumi’s Answer

Hi DD,

This is a bit different advise - a finance degree may give you technical skills such as financial modeling and analysis. However banking industry is interested in candidates who have other important skills ( I certainly look for these skills in candidates when I interview). These skills include communication, problem-solving and time management, the skills that are needed for success in almost any profession.

Hope this helps.
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Andrew’s Answer

In addition to other's response, networking and relationship building is extremely important.
A good attitude and the willingness to learn on the job will be key to excel.
The reality for banks is that there are more people then jobs (for fresh grad), having referrals / internship to understand what you are getting into and expand your network is critical.
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