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High School

Since the majority of investment banks hire analysts from top colleges and universities, it’s very important that you earn stellar grades in high school, take as many advanced placement classes as possible, participate in a lot of extracurricular activities (e.g., business clubs, sports teams, speech team, etc.) that look good on a college application, and perform well on your SAT or ACT exams. Recommended classes include business, economics, statistics, accounting, mathematics, foreign language, English, psychology, and speech. Classes that help you to develop your skill at using databases and spreadsheets and making presentations will be useful. Investment bankers need excellent analytical and critical-thinking skills, so be sure to take history, social studies, philosophy, and other classes that help you to develop these abilities.

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