Are you considering a job in the financial industry?

Do you aim to have a career where you make a lot of money?

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If so, a career in investment banking might be a good fit. It's one of the highest-paying jobs in the financial industry, even for a new graduate!

Find out if this career might be right for you!

What do investment bankers do?

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Works in a finance firm or large bank (investment bank) to:

  • Manage risk for the bank and its clients

  • Raise money for clients to go public, improve, or expand

  • Support clients in mergers and acquisitions

  • Analyze and solve a variety of problems

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Specific tasks include:

  • Build complex financial models

  • Use financial computer applications & database management tools

  • Create statistical presentations

  • Communicate effectively in verbal & written language

  • Collaborate with teammates

Investment banking is a great career because of its...

Abundant opportunities

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You'll experience a steep learning curve when getting exposed to high-profile transactions.

Clear career path

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  1. Intern

  2. Analyst

  3. Associate

  4. Vice President

  5. Senior Vice President/Director

  6. Managing Director/Partner

Handsome compensation

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Investment Banker Annual Salary Table Investment banker annual salary table; up to $250 K in US and up to 275K in Canada.

Are you up for a challenge?

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Investment banking might be right for you if you're willing to:

  • Specialize in a FAME subject (finance/accounting/management/economics)

  • Graduate from a target school with a high GPA

  • Study for and obtain financial certifications

  • Perfect your resume and network like crazy to find a job

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It might not be for you if you aren't willing or able to:

  • Work long hours

  • Excel in math

  • Handle stress at work

  • Identify reliable informational sources

  • Keep learning and growing

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These people are looking for investment banking jobs.

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Jack graduated from the University of Toronto with a 3.9 GPA. Hemajored in biochemistry and has been working in a lab for 5 years. Now, he's planning for a career change into investment banking.

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William graduated from Ivey Business School with a 3.9 GPA. He has a few years of experience as a financial analyst at a small bank. He’s networking with investment bankers for better job opportunities.

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Julia is a new graduate from Harvard Business School with a 4.0 GPA. She has little work experience. She likes working on her own without talking to others because she’s shy. She’s looking for her first banking job.

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