Comes from an experienced horse.. If any of you guys (particularly the non-IITians focusing on A,B,C,L and may b even XL or FMS) are planning to build a career in finance after joining B-school in 2013, you might want to ponder over the following things..
'Do you have a finance inclination or are you just attracted by the flashy jobs and the mind boggling salaries' - This is the question that most recruiters look at while shortlisting your profiles..
So if you do not have a finance related work-ex or any thing closely related to finance in your resume, it will be a good point to start now.. The best way is to obtain certifications in finance prior to joining.. That shows that you've done something towards your chosen career path. A good choice would be to go for CFA Level 1.. It costs around 50K, requires around 1-1.5 month of preparation (which you can easily do after your interviews are over in early April) and the test happens in June.. For those of you who are more enthusiastic, you can start preparation before also. There are other certifications like FRM (For risk management), NCFM (Easier certifications from NSE) n all...
This will not only ensure that you easily sail through all the fin courses but will also ensure that you get good shortlists.. Believe me, without having something in your resume to show fin inclination, it becomes near impossible to intern in a bank or a PE firm or a trading firm, which limits your chances of job in the sector..