Get a college degree
Because there is so much demand for banking jobs and because banking jobs require a good deal of analytical skills, getting a college degree in a business related discipline will give you a good foundation to start off your banking career.
Also, because you will be giving financial and investment advice to your customers it is important that you have some significant degree of knowledge about business and money.
Go for an undergraduate degree
These days practically everyone in the job market has an undergraduate degree, so if you want your CV/Resume to stand out then an advanced degree is the way to go. Also, the more qualified you are, the more confidence your clients will have in your ability to manage their accounts.
Get an internship
You should try to get an internship in a firm in the financial industry. Being in a market facing unit or department will give you a chance to test out and develop your customer relations skills and this kind of experience well help move you closer to your dream of becoming a private banker.
Another good idea is to try to get an internship in the company that you would like to work for. If you are able to prove yourself as an intern then it is always easier to get a permanent place dependent on the availability.
Be prepared to start small
To be a private banker you will need have years of experience in banking. As a fresh graduate or new entrant into the industry, be prepared to start small, possibly with a job as a teller. This kind of experience will help you develop a practical knowledge of banking products and you will also get the chance to interact with customers, which will help you develop your interpersonal skills.
Socialize and Network
Your ability to attract and effectively interact with HNI’s (High Net worth Individuals i.e. rich people) will be a key indicator of your effectiveness as a private banker.
As much as possible, try to socialize and mingle with the sort of client you will be looking forward to working with as a private banker. If you can prove that you can both attract new HNI’s and relate with them effectively, particularly during an internship, then you may be able to convince management to hand you a place in the Private Banking department.