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In the traditional finance world (excludes quantitative finance) there are a lot of career paths available. I have tried to cover the basic paths however you should know that people with finance backgrounds have ended up in all different types of jobs.

Understanding what is required to get to specific careers is important as some paths require different degrees and experiences. These increase the costs associated with these paths and should be considered when reviewing compensation and job responsibilities.

1) Private Equity (Usually investment banking experience is required)
2) Hedge Fund (Usually investment banking experience is required)
3) Investment Banking (Undergrad required)
4) Wealth Management (Undergrad required)
5) Corporate Finance (Undergrad required)
6) Technology Jobs (Non-coding jobs and undergrad required)
7) Consulting (Undergrad required)
8) Business Development/Sales (Undergrad required)
9) If you work hard you could end up in more quantitative jobs such as operational research but usually more quantitative course work or experience is required.

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42 comments

Ananthu Rajagopal 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Dear Dimitri, Do i need to learn data analytics if I'm pursuing a degree im corporate finance and accounting.

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Keerthana Elangovan 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Great video! For someone interested in statistics, math and finance , do you recommend finance path in undergrad or do you recommend taking math or finance in undergrad.

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Arpit Pachori 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Hey Dimitri, what should be a career path for a CSE undergrad who wants to end up working at Wall street?

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Dreya Dreya 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Hi Dimitri, nice video here. A question though, I did my undergrad in a non-finance course and I want to switch over to finance. Does taking an MBA in finance increase my chances of I should do a fresh degree?

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dcbfan1231 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Compliance and risk management?

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Redd 2 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

What about financial controlling?

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Árpád Nagy 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Thank you very much! Awesome content!

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Botho Seretse 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

I watched this video first time being here, man and I love it. Thanks for the wisdom again.

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RinkOuTime 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Video link u gave is private

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Hayley Parisse 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

I’m going to take Finance at Central Connecticut States University. Which branch do you think i can get a job more easily ? Please anyone can answer

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Viona Lena 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

like what is other reasons of getting into a particular career? its mostly money/compensation lol. Just that you get experience, knowledge and network as an added advantage of working lol. I hate how people demonize THE BAG.

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Cameron Oriard 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Oh hey old friend 😀

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Noneofyourbusiness 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Thank you for being honest!

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Han 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Hey Dimitri, great video, I do have a dilemma for finance and quantitative finance, if I pursue a com sci degree I could either jump in to these 2 categories am I right? Since STEM degree have much math rigorous compare to solely just finance degree?

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Lance A 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Do you know how i can find out what target schools are for whatever individual companies I want to join

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chazbrown0 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Great video! Do you have a video about using quantitative skills for retail trading?

Your video about SAS, R, and Python in banking was also very helpful!

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Xez1919 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

What career advice do you have for someone who:

– graduated in economics from a target university
– values a great work-life balance
– seeks to manage own fund and/or business in the long-term (not endowed with the required capital)
– secured a rotational finance graduate program in a f500 (m&a, trading, controlling, etc.)

– Proceed with the f500 finance graduate program? Stay in an f500 or switch to IB?
– get a CFA/ CAIA?
– What roles allow to generate the required capital the fastest, while still maintaining a work load below 60h/week?
— IB?
— hedge fund?
— asset management?
— energy/ commodities trading?

I know this is pretty random, but I just try my luck 🙂 any oponion is appreciated.

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Jules 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Hey Dimitri – great vids! What advice would you give somebody who didn’t choose a major that is applicable to the finance industry in his undergrad, but is highly interested in a finance career? Is a Masters in Finance enough to get a foot in the door? Or is a successful change unrealistic?

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L G 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Can you describe the difference between wealth management and financial consulting (eg CFP)? Will I end up pushing people to buy annuities and life insurance in wealth management?

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KendaIIs 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Where does equity research fall into these career path categories?

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lakshay sharma 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

I am lakshay from india i did my bcom and working in foreign bank from last 4 years as bank teller . What will be the job prospects if i will do mba now ?

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Micah James 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

What's the difference between Finance and Banking and Finance.

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Ethan 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

So the typical route to get to private equity is:undergrad, 2 years investment banking, MBA, 2 years investment banking as an associate, then Private equity?

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Kishan Patel 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Thank you for breaking it down in such a simple manner, means a lot

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Andreea Gheorghe 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Dimitri, thanks! One more question..Which one you think is better for a quant? Masters in Applied Statistics and Operational Research vs Masters in Mathematical Finance
You can find their modules on these webpages, by scrolling to the Button "Read more about modules":
Mathematical Finance : http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2020/postgraduate/programmes/TMSMATFI_C/
Applied Statistics and Operational Research : http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2020/postgraduate/programmes/TMSSTAPP_C/

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Andreea Gheorghe 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Dimitri, which one is better? Statistics master vs Applied Statistics master

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Bryan - 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

These are pretty sorry hedge funds sub 100k base. Not sure where's he's pulling his data but Unless they are exploring a new asset class like "crypto" or just became legally a "hedge fund" and are very small it's probably best to stay away from them. A legitimate fund that's interested in you that has been around awhile (albeit it will be VERY difficult to land) will compensate you for your efforts.

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Aymen Toumi 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Statistics or finance ? The more demande between this two (sry 4 my eng)

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José Fiol 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Great video, you adviced the computer science degree in order to get into the quant industry. What's the degree you recommend to follow this path?💪

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Kostas 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Do corporate earnings follow any distribution? Could quantitive finance be useful to estimate future earnings to find the value of a stock? if yes then quants can do the job of financial analysts better than them.

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Christy Sutton 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

How many times do you say finance? Lol

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Rick 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

I am interested in pursuing a degree in finance. Which school has the best online program?

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geoffrey nduhiu 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

What of doing CFA alone,can it propel one to investment banking?

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Kat Lusk 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Awesome video. Thanks for the info.

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Tyler Brooks 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Awesome video, really appreciate your effort!

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Tre so Cool 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Can u give me a list of undergrad colleges I should pursue for these careers

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Isidro Samperio 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Good video! I have a question. In which area can I start and end working on private equity after a MBA. I am study, I graduate next year.

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Keegan McHugh 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

What gpa do you think an Ivy League athlete would need for an entry level investment bank job?

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Muhannad Fuad 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

I saw your video about the racing cars engineer and the one who race using the car etc.., with that being said ,do you think as an engineer that it will be time those engineers will design a car that it drive it self and affect all that jobs in this video by cutting jobs lowering the salaries etc.. .
Thank you.

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Sajiya Shrestha 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Is doing masters in finance harder for students who don't know about stocks, shares, bonds and also weak in mathematics?

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Josue Martinez 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

Thank you for clearing this up. My brother works in wealth management. He makes his 80-90k and still has a life outside of work, and I think that’s what I’d like to pursue as I finish my finance degree as well.

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アルタマフ 07/12/2021 - 2:11 Sáng

I'm in ARTS stream completing my 11th and 12th studies. I have planned to do BBA and then an MBA in finance. Will that help me with becoming an Investment Banker or do i have to complete some other courses of study to get into investment banking?

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