Rewind - Similarities and differences between the top MBA programs + Q&A – 8am ET, 9/5/2015

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September 5, 2015 - 8:00am
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2016 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread

Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to bookmark this page as this will be the cumulative thread for 2016 SA IBD info and added to the frontpage each week to help collect more info

As banks recruit earlier and earlier, I thought it would be good to have a dedicated thread for recruiting this fall. I know from first hand that some accelerated processes are kicking off so it might be beneficial to start aggregating data. This will help keep track of what's going on and the individual deadlines for online applications.


Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

J.P. Morgan

What would you do if you weren't in finance?

I think we all have those days where we want to pull a Chris McCandless and go be a mountain man. If you weren't in finance, what would you do?

I have a knack for extreme stuff. I think I'd get my free-fall skydiving certification and PADI certification and maybe do that stuff. I went skydiving for the first time this summer and it was a fucking thrill - definitely something I want to do again. Another crazy item on the bucket list is to shark dive without a cage. With that said, I think I'd maybe instruct courses in those areas if I wasn't in finance. Or do some personal training, but I think that'd be a tough living financially.

The Diary of a broken man

'Nah chief, I'm not really feeling it tonight, I'll have a beer but will probably leave early..'

We've all uttered a variation of those doomed words. Fast forward 10 hours and it's 6:00 AM on a Friday morning and I am swaying slightly, cursing my reflection in the bathroom mirror.


Maybe it was your boss that dragged you out for 'one beer' after work, maybe it was a leaving drinks, or perhaps, as I often find in my case, you are just a f***** moron. Either way, you now face the ironically sobering prospect of x number of hours in a well-lit office, staring numbly ahead as the time on your taskbar remains stubbornly still, mocking you for your naivety.

Christ I feel awful.

Stumbling from the shower, I desperately try to find a shirt that bears some semblance of being ironed, whilst keeping up a monotone of encouraging comments inside my head.

WSO Weekly Wrap-Up (8/29-9/4)

In case you missed them, here's some of last week's most popular topics:

Be wary of greener grass; there are always tradeoffs...
Post By @moneymogul

As someone who did two summers in investment banking at the same top bulge bracket and subsequently turned down a full time offer, I want to echo what another poster wrote about being wary of greener grass. It never is. There are always trade-offs. The truth is that few jobs are intellectually stimulating.

My Valuation Class: The Fall 2015 Model Preview

It is almost September and as the academic clock resets for a new year, I get ready to teach a new valuation class. With three hundred registered students, it is about as diverse a class as any I have every taught, with a mix of full-time and part-time MBA students, law and engineering graduate students and a few dozen undergraduates. And with a market meltdown framing discussions, it will be interesting to see how the class plays out. As always, I cannot wait for the class to start and as I have, each semester, for the last few years, I invite you to follow the class, if you are so inclined.

Setting the table

Valuation is an intimidating title for a class, stirring up visions (and nightmares) about spreadsheets, accounting statements and financial theory. This may be the default version of the class and it serves experts in the topic well to preserve this air of mystery and intimidation. I have neither the expertise nor the desire to teach such a class, and I hope that you will not only take my class, no matter what your background and experience, but that you will also learn to enjoy valuation as much as I do. The best way for me to start describing my class is to tell you what it is not about, rather than what it covers. So, here we go:

2015 MBA Application Thread


So who's struggling through R1 apps like I am? Trying to find the time between my 70 HR week, my needy GF, and life's general bullshit has been tough but I'm through a few first drafts of essays and have my R1 school schools down to Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Booth, and Sloan.

Who else is going through the process? Where you at? How's it going? How much do you hate bullshit essay questions like "introduce yourself"? Let's all commiserate here.