Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/1/12.
I occasionally get PMed by people at colleges I've never heard of before, asking if they have a shot at IBD .
Folks, why IBD ? The finance world is broad and varied, and there are a million ways to make a buck. Why pick the one that's going to be hardest for you in your situation? There are mutual fund companies, asset management companies all over the damn place. Hedge funds. Auxiliary businesses. Those folks will look beyond the name of your institution and your GPA in the hunt for quality. Why knock on the door of the one section of the industry that has built a massive recruiting machine designed to keep you out?
Time for me to share what is potentially the biggest career mistake of my life.