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To both students and professionals, we'd love to hear your story.

tl;dr version: if you're a student or professional with a good story to tell / advice to pass on / lesson to teach, we'd love to hear from you. Email me at [email protected] and i'll provide you with more info.

Here are some examples of the types of posts that help others out and make WSO a better community for all:


  • Specific advice about how you broke into your job/industry (see an example)
  • Things you wish you knew before you started your career (see an example))
  • Personal anecdotes regarding your life in finance (both serious and humorous stories welcome, such as "Timeline of an Investment Banking Analyst, Year 1"
  • Teach about a specific area of finance that you have expertise in, (see an example)
  • Specific advice regarding resumes, networking, cold calls/emails, interviews, etc
  • Success stories
  • Advice regarding advanced education, (MBA, MSF, CFA, etc), such as how you chose between grad schools, how you chose whether to stay at your current job vs leaving for an MBA, studying for the GMAT, (see an example)
  • General advice on your career path, switching careers, leaving your job for another offer, exit opps, moving up, becoming the boss, starting a side business,
  • See more specific examples below


  • What you've learned while trying to land an internship and/or job
  • What you've learned from previous internships
  • Experiences and what you have learned with cold calling / emailing, networking, on campus recruiting, job interviews, networking, etc (see an example), see another example
  • Unique stories of advice see an example
  • Classroom/study tips (see an example)
  • See more specific examples below

The 5 Ways You Can Contribute:

  1. One time post (like many of the examples on this page)
  2. Short guest post series (2-4 posts), either variations on one topic (such as these on energy: http://bit.ly/UOQkoN and http://bit.ly/XM80R9) or on a mix of topics
  3. Doing a forum q&a post like this: http://bit.ly/X0Yvy7
  4. Fill out our interview questionnaire: http://bit.ly/WnmU2H and email me your responses ([email protected])
  5. Become a standard contributing author with a blog and one post per week (for ~8 weeks). If your content is consistently good we can give you a dedicated homepage slot where you can schedule your post to hit the homepage at a pre-selected time(http://bit.ly/IOfEJe)

Email me at [email protected] with questions, OR just go ahead and post and pm/email me the link to the post so I can make sure to review it for adding it to the homepage.

More examples from professionals:


Humorous anecdote/advice: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/silly-shit-interns-do

Cold emailing:

Cold calling:

Teaching on your area of expertise: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/hedge-fund-t..., and http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/here-is-how-...

Interview tips:


Negotiating during the interview:

Personal story:

Getting started / breaking in
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/so-you-made-it..., http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/this-is-not-..., http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/why-we-hired... and http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/why-you-aren...

A day in the life:
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/life-in-pe-whe..., http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/why-are-we-o...



More examples from students:
Networking/breaking in
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-i-used-l... and also http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/sa-recuiting-c...


http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/finally-an-o..., http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/i-did-it-0, and

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Comments (4)

  • FeelingMean's picture

    I have been thinking about doing something like this for a little while... I would like to give back and think I have some solid advice for a certain demographic of monkeys. I will start writing intermittently and run it by you when it starts to come together.

    I don't have advice for monkeys moving from MM IB to PE or any of that shit, but I think I could motivate some students who may be feeling discouraged.

    "That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

  • wonderbread's picture

    Being someone from neither camp listed in this post, I am just happy that I get to read these insightful posts and comments (and also getting some comic relief). Found this site today and have been doing nothing since. As voracious reader of all things investment related and more specifically outlying information, I would like to commend the site and the authors present (those I have read thus far). As a simple individual investor, I am fascinated by the topics, discussions and commentary. Would there be a recommended post for someone like me to write? Also, do you honestly believe that something written by someone outside the field could gain traction at all??? thanks!

    - wonderbread

  • In reply to FeelingMean
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