Unfortunately, they often have a hard time because A) there's a lot of competition for those jobs (particularly now), and B) Unknown University is not a school that top firms typically recruit from (we're not Ivy League, or even close).
So, I thought I'd put together some tidbits I've found on how to get that plum job - whether on Wall Street or in Corporate America (where most graduates end up). The key is (to borrow a phrase from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) to Begin With The End In Mind. So, let's look at the sort of things you'd want to have
- Good Grades
- Take hard courses - Accounting/Finance
- Know Your Professors - one or two a semester
- Build your reputation
- Have experience (summer jobs/internships
- Get your contacts
- Family & friends
- Alumni - get a mentor
- Don't depend on your placement office
- Know "the deal" - research your job and your company
- Read their annual report
- Read the WSJ - become versed in the language of business.
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How about some things for the undergrads?
- What's the job
- What does it require
- does it fit you
- what will your resume need to look like
- How can you find an entre
know your profs
know your dean
do something for the college - advisory board
be a boy scout - trustworthy, loyal, etc...
get good grades and a good reputation