For which companies do graduates aspire to work?


Most popular companies among students

Expected salary

Actual Salary


Goldman Sachs




JP Morgan















Source for Expected Salary: 180 Student entries
Source for Actual Salary: Finance professionals with less than one year of experience

Students do their homework : many students have clearly researched the issue, as their expectations come very close to actual salaries (<7% gap between aspiration and reality). Obviously they know where to look to find best paying salaries.

Banks & Big 4 are still attractive : while the proportion of business graduates going to work in big tech firms or Start-ups is allegedly increasing, prestigious financial institutions and accountancy firms are still considered to be top choices by students

Goldman Sachs & J.P.Morgan benefit from their reputation : beyond dealmaking league tables, top banks are likely to be popular among students thanks to their high starting salaries.


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