Hello. I'm currently in high school weighing careers around. I came across investment banking and I see that it pays well and requires long hours -- two things that attract me greatly, as I'm willing to work hard. I saw the different approaches like Math, Business, etc. as something on the side to study. I've always liked math, and I can confidently say that this career interests me. How can I learn more about it? I want to become 100% confident that it's what I want to do. It seems very enticing, but a lot to manage. If I'm going into this I need more information, etc. I've taken a couple aptitude tests and Economics has popped up here and there. I don't have any Economics or Finance classes at my school (I think we have Accounting and Business), so I don't have much to go off of. Really, I'm just looking for guidance. Is this a good field to go into at this current time? How hard will it be to find a job? Does the school I go to matter that much? (I know Harvard/Ivies is a requirement for some of the big boys, and it certainly doesn't hurt to go there regardless.) What should I major/minor in? What's the best way to learn more about, become invested in, and determine if I truly belong in investment banking?
For reference, I plan to take around 8 APs in my HS career. The reason for this is my high school doesn't push anyone and I am only realizing that I can be doing more with my life now, which is unfortunate to say. My GPA is 4.3-4.4 (W) and my class rank is 9 (but steadily rising every single quarter). I'm willing to do whatever it takes to explore careers and, once I find the right one, dive in like all hell and am willing to throw my social life away to get what I want at an early age. I really think investment banking is a very tangible career for me. I just need help exploring it and learning more about it. Thanks for reading if you made it this far.