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How can I prepare myself now for a career in finance in the future?

I am a rising senior in high school, hoping to pursue a career in the finance field

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Jayna’s Answer

Internships, internships, internships!
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Andrew’s Answer

Hey Shanaya,

I am a Finance major at Penn State and so far I have loved it. Finance majors are typically one of the majors that require a higher gpa to get into the program, so I would recommend planning to work very hard. Once you get to college, try to find a balance between school and your social life to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity. Once you are getting into these classes I would try to notice if you are more interested in Corporate Finance or Investment Banking. Realizing which path to specialize in can save you time later down the line.

Good luck,
Andrew Valentim
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Miguel’s Answer

Show interest in the field by putting actual effort you can show off on your CV..
study a business/econmics degree and try to start something like the CFA, so you crush the interviews
Landing a summer internship program should be your next target
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Marilia’s Answer

Hello Shanaya,

I recommend that you pursue a degree in economics, business administration, industrial engineering, or accounting at a reputable university to obtain your bachelor's degree. While studying, seek out an internship opportunity within the financial department of a multinational company. This hands-on experience during your university years will make it easier for you to determine your desired area of focus within the finance department and guide you in selecting the most suitable postgraduate course.

Wishing you the best of luck!

Marilia Medeiros
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Madisyn’s Answer

Hi Shanaya,

It's fantastic that you're thinking about pursuing a career in finance!

Being a high school senior on the verge of graduation, your primary concern is probably selecting a college. To get ready for a successful finance career, I recommend looking into colleges with well-regarded finance programs. After narrowing down your choices, concentrate on your applications, such as ensuring your GPA and SAT scores meet the requirements, crafting an impressive college essay, and so on.

Best of luck!
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Peter’s Answer

Internships and learning Excel.
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Gabriella’s Answer

Hi Shanaya,

I would also recommend a degree in economics, business, engineering, accounting, or finance. Learn as much as you can and have fun while you are doing it! You can read financial news for updates on the markets, learn how to use a Bloomberg terminal (some schools may have this), and join school clubs and organizations that demonstrate your interest. Also be sure to network with alumni who work at financial services firms (this will give you an idea of the different firms in the market) and visit your career services office to prepare your resume, cover letter, and other internship application materials. You may find an internship in the industry usually during the summer after your sophomore year and more commonly after the summer of your junior year. This will provide you excellent hands-on experience. And remember - there are several paths in the financial services industry to pursue! Some include investment banking, markets, corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, and operations. You can find what you like (and don't like) by taking on new opportunities in each area. You can do this!

All the best,
Gabriella
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