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Nov 27, 2008 7:26 pm

Hello all.

 
I'd like to take some time to introduce myself. Im in my early tweenties in my sophomore year applying to business school. I took time off to travel and work. While traveling afforded me the privlidge of being able to see the world ( obviously!) and expereince different cultures I am now super focused on school and starting my carrier. I am currently interning at Smith Barney as a marketing intern and was woundering what input/advice any of you would have for helping to get the most out of this internship. I went with a marekting internship at Smith Barney to see how I would like it. Honestly so far the expereince is eh. Oh! on a side note I am being trained in assiting FA's in getting more clients and find it a bit boring. While I am a very social person, I am unsure if I could sustain myself in the long term off of a commision job ( Perhaps I dont know enough about the industry, but I know some FA's work off of commision and others on salary plus commision so if any one could help me out that would be great!) My father is a CPA and my mother is in realestate and while being a CPA never sounded glamourius to me as a kid, I am starting to appreciate how reliable it is in usualy always providing work where as realestate was mainly commiion based (means more risk). While Im young and like to have fun, i like to keep my jobs well paying and reliable.
 
 I am unsure if I want to work in financal field( lack of knoledge of the industry) however I am currently purseing a degreee in finance,  I defidently want to get my degree in something as usefull as possible aswell as apply it!
 
In summary, I have 2 more months left at this internship position and want to be able to get as much resume value out of it as possible, what do your recomend?
 
Thank you!
Nov 27, 2008 7:36 pm

With this many spelling errors, this has to be a joke.

Nov 27, 2008 7:45 pm

unfortunatly no. I spelt Smith Barny wrong my mistake. Im on a I phone in a car trying to navigate for my uncle. Sorry about that!

Nov 27, 2008 7:49 pm

What up, Internkid. Yeah man, the best entry-level job was being a part time teller at Bank of Walmart. we get so many people that we can sell too. can u put a bag of peanuts on lay away?

turns off dumbass switch and takes the bait

Sorry bud, no decent business school is going to look at you if you're a sophomore undergrad without any work experience or if you can't write a decent paragraph.

Nov 27, 2008 9:26 pm

Have you tried Mary Kay?

Nov 27, 2008 9:35 pm
someonewouldntexpect:


Sorry bud, no decent business school is going to look at you if you're a sophomore undergrad without any work experience or if you can't write a decent paragraph.


 Not withstanding the kid's obvious issues; you do understand that "business schools" are, by-and-large, schools within undergraduate universities, right? And even graduate business school programs do not, in any case, require any work experience of any kind. It's almost like the blind leading the naked here (Violent Femmes homage).

Nov 28, 2008 12:49 pm
Internkid:

unfortunatly no. I spelt Smith Barny wrong my mistake. Im on a I phone in a car trying to navigate for my uncle. Sorry about that!

 
Sounds dangerous and stupid... If I am reading correctly you are saying you typed while driving, if that's true I hope you either stop or just crash into a tree so you don't put other people in danger.
 
From the sounds of it all, considering you can't spell for shit and you have "traveled the world" already but now you are "super focused on school and starting my carrier" I will assume you are one of the privilaged types that so often ends up interning then working at the big wirehouses, I've seen your type, not really that good at anything specific or talented so to speak but you think the world owes you a high paying career that is interesting because you have a degree in business, guess what we all have the same degree. Sure you can go be a sales assistant and even get registered, then spend your day as basically a glorified secretary and if you have the right connections or kiss enough ass with management they'll pair you up with a top producer and although you'll still be a glorified secretary in the same job as before they will pay you a lot more because of the person you work for having a HNW book. Maybe it's me but the politics and the nature of the work with the sales assistant route is a waste of time, looking back I'd suggest find an interest or a skill and go after it, don't just work at the wirehouse because your parents have a big account there, although that might make it easy, or it seems like the next logical step. I guess if you're parents don't have a big account there I just want to know why they'd hire an intern that can't spell or one that is dumb enough to type while driving, anyone so worldly and well-taveled should know better than to be careless, sure I am stereotyping a bit but the "world traveler" comment really makes me want to call this one out.
Nov 28, 2008 1:07 pm

Without judging you and just like you, I have interned at a few wirehouses, independent firms and even a bank while I was in college. If you really want to get into the financial advising world, get a SALES job while you're finishing up your undergrad. It doesn't matter if you're a car salesman, selling insurance, vacumn cleaners, whatever. ANYTHING is better than being an intern at a wirehouse, the only thing the advisors will do is use you up.

 
Sure you might get a little bit of familiarity with the structure of the business, but that isn't hard to learn AFTER college. 90% of your time will be dedicated to pushing paperwork/cold calling at your internship. Get some sales experience and then focus on the career after college.
Nov 30, 2008 6:38 pm
YHWY:


 Not withstanding the kid's obvious issues; you do understand that "business schools" are, by-and-large, schools within undergraduate universities, right? And even graduate business school programs do not, in any case, require any work experience of any kind. It's almost like the blind leading the naked here (Violent Femmes homage).



You do understand that "business schools" in the popular vernacular mean graduate business programs, correct? Furthermore, you're quip about graduate business not requiring work experience is, unfortunately, misguided. I do believe I qualified my statement by stating that "good" business school will not even consider one without some work experience.

I'm impressed by the amount of effort put forth to correct someone with bad information, it's very entertaining.

Nov 30, 2008 8:28 pm
someonewouldntexpect:
YHWY:


 Not withstanding the kid's obvious issues; you do understand that "business schools" are, by-and-large, schools within undergraduate universities, right? And even graduate business school programs do not, in any case, require any work experience of any kind. It's almost like the blind leading the naked here (Violent Femmes homage).



You do understand that "business schools" in the popular vernacular mean graduate business programs, correct? Furthermore, you're quip about graduate business not requiring work experience is, unfortunately, misguided. I do believe I qualified my statement by stating that "good" business school will not even consider one without some work experience.

I'm impressed by the amount of effort put forth to correct someone with bad information, it's very entertaining.

 
Actually, it is VERY POSSIBLE, just not likely for the average undergraduate student. A few of my old college buddies that attended very respectable schools with GPAs around 3.7+ and GMAT scores of 700+ got into good business schools right after college. Most people do not have those kind of scores, but it doesn't mean that a business school will not take you because you have zero work experience.
Dec 1, 2008 11:35 am
ChrisVarick:
 
Actually, it is VERY POSSIBLE, just not likely for the average undergraduate student. A few of my old college buddies that attended very respectable schools with GPAs around 3.7+ and GMAT scores of 700+ got into good business schools right after college. Most people do not have those kind of scores, but it doesn't mean that a business school will not take you because you have zero work experience.



You're right, but that's typically less than 10% of people accepted, varying on school. Places like Wharton, Red McCombs, Columbia, Stern, etc all expect "some" work experience.

Anyway, good for your buddies. Hope they do well, an undergrad GPA of 3.7 is exemplary; but, I'm not holding my breath for the original poster.