Suggested Timeline for Wall Street Career Preparation:

Freshman Year

  • Begin by browsing the suggested reading material (see below)
  • Take an introductory business or economics course
  • Join a club that you are passionate about

Sophomore Year

  • Begin reading The Wall Street Journal on a regular basis
  • Narrow your academic and career interests
  • Take on a leadership position in a club
  • Begin looking into finance related summer internships

Junior Year

  • By the end of 1st semester try to identify the areas of finance that interest you (i.e. banking, sales and trading, asset management, corporate finance, business advisory, etc.)
  • Network with UR alumni or personal contacts
  • Prepare for interviews using Career Center resources, Vault Guides, and helpful interview resources (see below)
  • It is important to continue following finance/business related current events
  • Be sure to look out for UR’s New York Recruiting Program early in the 2nd Semester

Suggested Reading:



  • Wall Street Journal
  • Financial Times
  • Barron’s
  • Investors Business Weekly
  • The Economist


  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  • Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Monkey Business: Swinging through the Wall Street Jungle by Peter Troob and John Rolfe
  • The Quants by Scott Patterson
  • The Accidental Investment Banker: Inside the Decade that transformed Wall Street by Jonathan Knee
  • Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman
  • When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
  • Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William D. Cohan
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Heylar
  • The Predator’s Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders by Connie Bruck
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkeil
Helpful Interview Resources