Student Case

What type of graduate education should I pursue to get involved in investment banking?

"As you might expect, degrees focusing on the more mathematical and scientific of subject matters feature most among the highest paying investment banking directors in the world.
For a simple, straight-forward answer, following degrees such as Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science and Engineering are surefire avenues into investment banking as a career.
This is not to say that other more social subjects may not result in high paid investment banking roles. "

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

Handwritten note-taking is becoming more and more uncommon, but it has proven to be more effective than taking notes on a computer. When was the last time you took notes besides your grocery or to-do list? Here are just a few easy techniques to get the most learning out of your note-taking. Get ready to write notes like a champ!
Taking notes serves one simple purpose: to help you remember information.

Power to the pen!

Successful people start ...

before they feel ready.

"Branson is an extreme example, but we could all learn something from his approach.
If you want to summarize the habits of successful people into one phrase, it's this: successful people start before they feel ready." The full story, here.

Similarly, research is pointing to conscientiousness as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal. In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control than intelligence.

A student (HBS) recently asked me "What do you think the top ten (five?) things people do not want to think about but are important? (Think life responsibilities aka when it comes to getting an education, owning a home, being financially responsible, eating well, cleaning, raising kids, etc)." Here's the abbreviated version of my response. What do you think?

How difficult it is to find qualified help: household, tutors, doctors, life partners, etc.

Certifications are marketing platforms and have no incentive to provide the information you attribute to the certification. Look at your experience at a gym. Anyone can get certified, but not everyone certified ….

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Application tip

A lot of students ask me how to use their passion as a means of guiding their career choice. However, not everyone can easily identify their passion. Those who can’t need help identifying their passions and choosing a career path that will fulfill and sustain. This problem is compounded when you factor in the financial prospects, which may be limited, associated with that passion. I added this at LinkedIn a few years ago, but it's perennial advice.

"Please Don't Follow Your Passion"

Discover alternate methods of identifying and building your passion. Stop waiting for "feels" and get in the game!

The Human Brain.

"Before language, there wasn’t a good way to get a thought from your brain into my brain. Then early humans invented the technology of language, transforming vocal cords and ears into the world’s first communication devices and air as the first communication medium. We use these devices every time we talk to each other in person. It goes:

Then we built upon that with another leap, inventing a second layer of devices, with its own medium, allowing us to talk long distance..."

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