How many work on Christmas Day

How many of you in IB actually worked on Christmas Eve / Christmas Day?

If so, do you have family? How did they react?

How much is based on luck?

I was talking with my cousin today whose a BA at McKinsey, and she was telling me about how big a factor luck plays in the interview process. Some people get a simple profit and loss case, where some people get a case where the number crunching is absurd, etc. Likewise, some people get a question in an industry that they're familiar with vs. those that don't....

Just curious to hear your thoughts.

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China Is Headed for the Pits in 2013

A few days ago, I gave Miss Cleo a call and got some ideas about a different perspective on my comments last week. Specifically she told me that I was painting too nice a picture and wasn't being critical enough in my views. So without further ado, here are the same points told from a slightly different perspective.

More Outbound Investment / M&A

What would you do with a paid year off?

Moderator Note (Andy): Best of WSO - this post originally went up May 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.

So I am one of the few who got a paid deferral until July 2010 in S&T. I am sitting for the CFA Level I this June and plan to sit for CFA Level II next June and also plan to travel Europe for a few months and travel Asia and south Pacific for a few months. Other than that, does anyone have any recommendations of worthwhile things to do?

Do I even need to network?

So I'm a freshman at a top 10 university in the U.S. and am going to maintain a steady 3.8 GPA. To me, "networking" sounds a lot like kissing ass and isn't something that I want to do unless it needs to be done. With my situation in mind, do I need to start actively networking in the near future or just hand in a resume when recruiters come to my school and send it around.

Shifting Wish Lists and Fleeting Freedoms

As in years past, Christmas has found a way to sneak up on me. And, unless you're way younger than WSO's target demographic, you probably feel the same way I do.

The older you get, the more it seems that Christmas appears out of nowhere. I once found myself counting down the days until I could unwrap presents from under the tree, hoping I got some of the things I asked for. Now, I find myself wanting less and less, to the point where I only really care about the holidays because it's a time to see family and reminisce on years' gone by and plan for days to come. What gifts I do get tend to be incredibly utilitarian, and I'd have it no other way.

As I was thinking about this over the last day or so, I started remembering how drastically my desires have changed over the last five years or so. And in talking to friends, I know I'm not alone. Let's take a look at how one's desires shift over time. And since it's the holiday season and this is WSO, let's look at it in the form of a Christmas Wish List from various points in the career of a finance professional.

20's: Career vs. Relationships

I'm going to be undergoing a massive shift in lifestyle in about half a year; the cause: college graduation. The last 3.5 years have been a lovely roller coaster of papers, exams, drinking, and chasing tail. As I look forward, I realize that I'm going to actually have to adjust to being an "adult."

How should I email a previous employer to pass my resume to HR?

Hi everyone,

So currently there's a position I'm interested in at a company that I had an internship with. Now the problem is that, that internship was 4 years ago and I never kept in touch with the VP or MD. They did like me at the time and offered me a full time position after graduation but I declined because I wanted to get an accounting internship the following summer(yeah I know dumb move), which did not happen.

Poor Students Sidelined In College

I'm sure some of you have seen this NYT article from 22 Dec. It deals with the difficulty associated with transitioning to college for low-income students, the widening education gap with respect to socioeconomic status, and tells the story of three low-income women who struggled significantly through the many nuances of what has become ubiquitous in our society today: a college education.

I imagine the WSO readership has a lot of different views on this topic and many responses to this article. Play nice, kids.

WSO is looking for interviews...

Lately we've been doing more interviews, both with our members and also with people that have been referred to me (bosses, co-workers, friends, etc.) These interviews have been great content for the site and also very informative for the community, and we'd love to keep them going.

If you know someone who has an interesting story and would make for a great interview, let me know.

Email me at [email protected] and I will connect the person with one of our very talented contributing authors.


Best Pranks on the Summer Students

I've had a couple 'Summers' that I really had to give a hard time to, some of my favorites:

Attached a wireless mouse to computer: One of our students sat by the coffee machine, so I attached a wireless mouse to his computer, then everytime I went to get a coffee I'd move the mouse around and listen to him scream at it. Later, I conditioned him by stopping everytime he slammed the mouse down hard on the desk. The apex was when I let the MD in on the joke. So the MD goes in to ask him some questions and show some numbers, on cue I start moving the mouse. The MD starts chewing out the kid "God damn summer students can't even work excel...". So beautiful.