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Notes from a Girl in Consulting (and Finance)

I've had a great and interesting journey so far, and to be honest, I'm not sure what I want to do finally - we'll see how it goes.

I'm impatient, not detail-oriented, fun loving, not serious - none of the characteristics generally valued in banking or consulting. Yet I just got an outstanding review from my consulting internship saying I don't have any major areas that need improvement, and should I want to return to finance, have a standing offer from a former manager.

Things that have helped me a lot:


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How do you guys deal with negative press about finance?

Finance-hate is so common, that almost anything related to the ills of the finance industry passes as news these days, whether or not it makes any sense whatsoever. People are very influenced by the stories they hear. People seem to assume that my peers are Patrick Bateman, Leonardo di Caprio, or some character out of a Michael Lewis novel, but frankly those people are fairly rare in real life. I see very little resemblance between what I do in IBD and these fictitious characters.

I also see very little relationship between what I do and any possibility of harm done to others. I've thought and reflected about it a great deal, and I simply think these people are just plain wrong most of the time. So much of what is said about finance is just so off base that it irks me. People I meet (including my roommates in college) make all sorts of negative, untrue assumptions simply because of what I do for a living.

Examples in the last month:


Mid-Market PE Valuations: Where Up is Down

With U.S. stock markets near record highs, and M&A activity on-track for another big year, there has been much commentary about whether markets have once again detached from intrinsic value. By and large, the labour market has returned to normality, the housing market has recovered, and consumers are spending again. However, what's missing is any obvious catalyst for accelerating economic growth to drive corporate profits, and thus, boost markets any higher. This is all relatively common knowledge, but underneath this picture is the activity in the middle-market of private companies; an area that has some surprising facts of its own.

Traditionally, middle-market firms tend to be laggards of their public market brethren. This is often the result of their smaller size (which suggests greater risk), and liquidity discounts (because an owner cannot quickly dispose of their interest like an owner of a public company can). Recent experience by our team has turned this notion on its head.

Over the past few months, we were involved in a competitive sale process to acquire a niche-market retail company. This company had been able to carve out a segment of their industry that left them with few true competitors and subsequently had experienced consistent growth. Despite this growth, the company was still a regional player and thus had annual revenues of around $20MM, and EBITDA of approximately $2MM.


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Altucher: Don't Go to College

Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was posted on 2/9/11. Old video got taken down, but this one is pretty relevant.

I can almost hear the collective gasps from the peanut gallery as you guys watch this, but Formula Capital's James Altucher thinks college is a sucker's bet. Well, not really. But he thinks it can be a really bad move to go straight from high school into college, and he makes some great points. Why shouldn't everyone try to start their own business, if for nothing else but the experience? I really want to hear your feedback on this one, and try to think outside the box a little.


Exit opps from a regional boutique

I am currently interning at a regional boutique (super regional) with a 5 person team in NYC focusing on the Health and Wellness/Life Sciences sector. I'm curious to see if anyone was working at one and if they were able to lateral to a MM,EB, or even a BB and how. I already know how competitive full-time IB will be. Just want to hear your thoughts. Thanks.


Recently Hired by Firm Going Bankrupt

Hi Everyone,

I'm a recent graduate (only 3 summer internships) and I recently transitioned into the PE industry. After working 2 months at my current firm; it appears the ship is sinking. A large amount employees with 1-2 yrs experience have left or are leaving.

What would you do in this situation? With only 2 months of experience and no other full-time experience (non-internship) my resume isn't very strong.


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WSO 10 Year Anniversary: THANK YOU (10% Off Site Wide for Month of July)

As we approach our 10 Year anniversary, I'd like to thank the thousands of members that have made WSO an incredible resource to millions of readers. The last 10 years have been an amazing ride and I can't wait to tackle the next 10!

As part of our celebration, we thought a 10% site wide discount would be a small way to say thank you to our customers and members that have been loyal and supported us through the ups and downs. So, for the month of July only, you can get 10% off any and all WSO products & services by using the code "10off" when checking out.

Thanks again for an incredible 10 years and I hope we can keep on improving, growing and challenging ourselves to be better.

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