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From Hedge Fund to Corp Fin to M&APhewwww, it's been a strange ride, fellas. I would like to gloat about my recent career revelations, while hopefully providing some advice/insight to the people who read. I have just finished up a GE-type Financial Management Program at an F100 firm with an offer for an analyst role within the comp...
2328 min 14 sec ago
What investment banking is in simple words and my story There are a couple different paths that you can take as a finance major: Commercial Banking corporate finance Financial Planning Hedge Funds Insurance Investment Banking Money Management Private Equity Real Estate Other I picked investment banking... In investment banking you will be workin...
Group Therapy
1391 day 3 hours ago
From no job this summer to an internship at Hedge Fund now need help???To all the Non-Target kids out there this story is for you. I attend a small liberal arts college in the South, think College of Charleston not Vandy. I had wanted to go into IBD, but figured when I was denied at Dartmouth and would attend my College I had no shot at it, and began pursuing other int...
02 days 42 min ago
From the "Hood" to IBDAfter a couple of Goose Island Pale Ale's, and waiting for the Hawks game to be over, I have decided to write my "success" story on this forum. Over the past couple of years, I've spent my time lurking WallStreetOasis/M&I, picking up important pieces of information along the way, so I thought I'...
Dolphins Are Cool
52 days 2 hours ago
Landed a PE job thanks to WSO!I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who posts the great content on WSO! I have recently accepted an offer to be an analyst at a smaller boutique PE firm in Chicago! I came from a non-target with an average GPA, but thanks to all of the insightful content (and working my ass off to nail the ...
Big Sugar
13 days 54 min ago
Never, ever, ever, give up. I know it's a jungle out there guys. It's tough for people just graduating to find jobs, but it's even tougher for those in the work force and those with a non-target educational background to break into Finance (let alone work in a competitive sector). This story is a testament to ALWAYS maint...
585 days 20 hours ago
Non-Target, 3.0 < GPA, non-finance major, to ERBackground: I went to a non-target, had a 2.7 GPA, and didn't study finance in college. Ended up landing a job in ER. I apologize in advance that I have failed to contribute as much as I should to these forums. WSO was one of the main tools I used and find myself looking at boards plenty often. My...
216 days 11 hours ago
From almost getting expelled in HS to IB FT.I went to a prestigious private high school where lots of students are placed into Ivy league and other target schools across the nation. However, I gave zero f*cks in high school and was addicted to video games. I was naive into thinking that I could pull a 3.0 and get into a good college based on ...
221 week 3 days ago
Strange Success Story: from Philosophy Major to the Buy Side in 4 yearsTechnically this story starts in 2011. I was a philosophy major, planning to go pursue a PHD after undergrad and spend the rest of my life debating the Big Questions with old fogies in dusty offices for peanuts. Then I went to Paris to study abroad and I realized: I would really like to make a lot o...
121 week 4 days ago
From Homeless to Front OfficeAbout a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no FT offer (20 Company Interviews Later...No FT Offer looking for Advice). I wish I could say that I quickly got a job after that, but that wasn't the case. I'm going to be very vague about certain details, because I'd like to r...
1422 weeks 1 day ago
The long road to ER from a non-targetI have been browsing this forum for almost two years now since the beginning of my senior year and thought I would share my story on breaking into ER. I was never a great student and actually barely graduated high school while focusing on sports way too much. I do not believe I turned in a single h...
72 weeks 5 days ago
Investment Ops Straight to Private Equity - Success Story and Request for AdviceGreetings fellow primates, I am new to WSO but have been lurking for a few days since joining and am gaining a feel for the culture and types of posts that are helpful to others. I joined WSO because of a recent success I've had in my job hunt that has landed me in a role more relevant to the commu...
23 weeks 2 hours ago
How I got into BankingMod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in 2006. To see all of our top content from the past, click here. So I'm new here and spent a good deal of time reading all of the posts from the past few weeks. I thought I would share my story. So I am at a Business school in N...
1093 weeks 20 hours ago
AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A BoutiqueMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 2/21/2015. I had a good, but not great GPA, and went to a similarly leveled college on the east coast. It's still a non-target university known more for sciences and engineering tha...
443 weeks 2 days ago
Don't. Stop. Hustlin'. Don't give up out there, kids. I'm a high school drop out who's now a Manager at a top 10 consulting firm. For all of those out there who are asking 'do I have a chance if...', here's your answer: you f*cking bet you do. The only thing stopping you from getting that prime job is a little gumption, ...
443 weeks 4 days ago
UG PE Analyst - 2.9 GPA, no internship, non-targetMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #25 and was originally posted 9/20/2015. From Non-Target Undergrad Straight to PE I've had some downtime the last few weeks before I start my new role and have been mulling over making a post...
Middle Market PE
413 weeks 5 days ago
3 Tips for Non-TargetsWell I did it. I landed an offer to be a summer analyst at an investment bank. Breaking into I-banking from a non-target may be a more common occurrence these days, but it is certainly still a challenge. Here are three pieces of advice that definitely helped me in securing an offer. It's not what y...
391 month 6 days ago
Just wanted to say thanksCame across this site a while back trying to figure out what I was going to do with my finance degree. Didn't know my ass from my elbow at the time and was able to learn some good things from browsing the site, and I now have a much better direction and a concrete idea of the path I want to take. Wa...
Goldman Snacks
01 month 1 week ago
AMA: Non-target to target transfer; BB IB & buyside offersHi everyone, this site provided immeasurable help in my journey to break into finance. I realize this post may only apply to a small group of monkeys, but I think I can be most helpful by discussing my transfer process and decision to switch schools at the undergrad level. Since the deadline for app...
111 month 1 week ago
5 worst career advices that I have received in my lifeHere are 5 worst career advices that I have received to date 1. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. In theory, this can't be wrong. But who can diversify (i.e., get free lunch) and still make money? This is not a good advice for those who want to make money. I will always thank the business sch...
31 month 2 weeks ago
The Unconventional path to IB/PE (AMA)While taking the time to clean and organize my desk after a hectic 4-6 weeks engaged in a deal, I came across my old "WSO ib interview Guide" and a few other interview materials I used in the past. Seeing these old packets of paper made me realize how grateful I should be instead of being annoyed ab...
141 month 2 weeks ago
Sort of a Success StoryIn my previous AMA I didn't go as in depth about my past as I am going to go this time. But I think the story will definitely help someone out because it shows that you can accomplish a lot even with massive hurdles to overcome. To keep it short I was a bit of stoner / drunk by the age of 17 and pre...
61 month 3 weeks ago
Middle Office IB role in Eastern Europe to a ... Gulfstream G650This post is for all of you out there who have failed to secure that all-important front office IB job that you were craving, and settled for the middle or back office position. All is not lost yet ... really not lost ... Let's face it, the majority of users on WSO desire front office IB jobs or som...
12 months 1 week ago
Middle Office IB role in Eastern Europe to a Gulfstream G650This post is for all of you out there who have failed to secure that all-important front office IB job that you were craving, and settled for the middle or back office position. All is not lost yet ... really not lost ... Let's face it, the majority of users on WSO desire front office IB jobs or som...
02 months 1 week ago
Some more truth about BB Ops and how I got outMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #27 and was originally posted 7/21/2015. The Truth About The Back Office Hey guys, so I know there are a few posts about the back office (i.e Operations) on this site but I just thought I'd a...
572 months 3 weeks ago
My Crazy Success Story! Hey everyone. First of all, it's pretty surreal that I'm writing this post on here on the "success stories" section. Maybe writing this is one piece of officially cementing my career journey from where I started to where I am now. To put this in perspective, I think I discovered WSO sometime back in...
162 months 3 weeks ago
For Those of You Unable to Secure Investment Banking Internships - Keep Your Head UpI know summer recruiting is winding down and a few of you are probably freaking out. There was another thread a few weeks ago called On Losing & Failure that I would recommend reading if you haven't already. Like you, I was in precisely the same situation last year, and through persistence, netw...
283 months 1 week ago
Sincere thank you to the WSO CommunityMod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/7/14 and ranks #16 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content here. Fellow Monkeys, this is my story of triumph, success, and most importantly, humility. It...
613 months 4 weeks ago
Non-Target, Sub 3.5 GPA. FT BB IBDThis is an absolute must read if you're from a non-target! I will try to detail out as much of my journey as I can. This post is kind of long overdue; however, I feel like it's better late than never. (Even if it's really poorly written.) I got an email around November of 2010 from JPM Houston's IBD...
294 months 2 weeks ago
Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #32 and was originally posted 1/25/2015. Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst, but I think now is a better time...
304 months 3 weeks ago
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55 months 1 week ago
Average GPA to M&A at Boutique Investment BankI want to say a huge thank you the WSO community as I have just landed a full time offer at a boutique bank in London and thought i would offer my advice in the hope it will help someone in the same way WSO has helped me. Quick Background: I went to a top 10 Uni in the UK which is a target Uni for...
35 months 1 week ago
Anyone have any success wth recruiters in CanadaThere are only 2-3 major players in recruitment in Canada - Thorek Scott, Ludwig, Vlaad, & Beqaj. Did anyone ever work with either of those? What was your experience? ...
25 months 2 weeks ago
Non-Target with <3.0 GPA Lands MM Summer Analyst Hey Everyone, I just wanted to thank everyone who contributes to WSO. I learned so much just by reading and really learned A LOT from the technical and behavioral interview guides. These things are dead on and really made me stand out during my interviews. Here's my story; I go to a non target schoo...
355 months 2 weeks ago
Non-Targeted Southern School with No Connections, 2016 Capital Markets AnalystSo I am from a very non-targeted Southern school. I grew up in a small South Carolina town and I am the first in my family to get a degree from an accredited school. I didn't come from much money (my family was in real estate and the recession really hurt us), so I had to pay for college. For me, th...
135 months 3 weeks ago
JPMorgan Commercial Banking Analyst ProgramHas anyone interviewed for the commercial banking full-time analyst program with JPMorgan? On October 22nd I had my first interview with JPMorgan. It was an on-campus interview. About 2 weeks later I was invited to interview with the middle market banking team at their office. That interview went ...
05 months 3 weeks ago
How to Pass the Series 7 ExamIf you are reading this post, you are most likely preparing to sit for the series 7 exam. First and foremost, I made this post because I wish it existed when I was studying for the exam. For me, the stakes were very high - pass the series 7 exam on the first attempt or lose my new wall street job ...
1046 months 2 weeks ago
Story of sub 2.5 gpa breaking into MCHey all, I made a burn account so I can share a story of sub 2.5 gpa student getting offers from multiple MC firms including one from MBB. Firstly, I'd like to preface this by saying that my purpose in 5 years of college experience was to experience as many and different things as possible. I attend...
297 months 4 days ago
From non-target to masters in management to boutique consulting to IBAfter a lot of struggling I made it to the promised land. I'll be joining a super-regional bank's capital market arm as an associate. I first came to WSO as a clueless undergrad that was at the epitome of a non-target. I did my masters, networked hard and got a job at a consulting firm then parlayed...
67 months 4 days ago
EBAsk me anything I got my offer a couple weeks ago, and figured I'd give back a little to the community that made it possible. This is particularly geared at people interested in elite boutiques - think on par with Lazard, Blackstone M&A/RX, Qatalyst. Recruiting with these firms is particularly...
267 months 1 week ago
Proposal ideasHello! My GF and I have been together for 5 long years. I think its high time for us to get married. She has been waiting for me to propose her all these years I but I wasn't financially ready for it. Recently I found a good job and paid off all my mortgage. I had a plans to propose her last month ...
08 months 2 days ago
My Crazy Success Story Hey everyone. First of all, it's pretty surreal that I'm writing this post on here on the "success stories" section. Maybe writing this is one piece of officially cementing my career journey from where I started to where I am now. To put this in perspective, I think I discovered WSO sometime back in...
09 months 1 week ago
How finance saved and gave me a lifeMod note (Andy): ThrowbackThursday, this was originally posted on 5/18/12 A week or two ago there was an article written about how your weight might inversely effect you during the hiring process. During the conversation I dropped some personal information about me losing 130 (now 135 pounds). I was...
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19 months 4 weeks ago
what is important to meAs we know, analysts and associates work involves some trivial work, work that makes you worthless, makes you question why you should exist, why you are there, what is the point in all this. These work usually makes you feel like you don't matter at all. You don't have to be there for the team to fu...
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110 months 1 week ago
Can a Non Target land a IB SA? With hard work and persistence it definitely is Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/20/14 and ranks #21 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content here. I just received an IB SA offer this morning from the number 1 firm on my list and I jus...
4510 months 2 weeks ago
Finally a Gas TraderYou can see my AMA post (currently ongoing) here. I graduated in May of 2012, from a non-target school with a below average GPA in a major that's quantitative but enough for a direct opportunity. I graduated with little to no networking, no jobs lined up, etc., but quickly got on to a PE firm being ...
810 months 2 weeks ago
Ask me anything: Ex Banking Analyst in China + Incoming PE AnalystHi All, been on the site for a while and previously contributed a bit on investment banking in China. After 2 years at my previous bank, I am moving to a top middle market Asia focused PE fund (China team) in the next few weeks. I have experience working on cross-border M&A, both onshore and off...
1811 months 1 day ago
Keep your spouse clueless: Road to Happiness Hi In a relationship, you talk about everything because you are best friends. This is easier said than done for us in Finance because they simply do not understand what we do. There is absolutely no point in explaining something to aliens (and we appear like aliens to them). I'd say keep them guess...
1611 months 2 weeks ago
State School-->GS NYC Summer Analyst-->Medical SchoolComplete 180 career move. Now third year medical student. Here to chat with anyone that dipped their toes in and didn't like it. ...
711 months 3 weeks ago
211 months 4 weeks ago
How I went from 10 rejections to one dream internship this year.The background story is here: I'm so pathetic--I can't get past 1st round Interviews Finance:Goldman Sachs 1st round. No. Altamont Capital 1st round. No. Bracebridge Capital 1st round. NoBridgewater Associates 1st round. No. Consulting:Cornerstone Research 1st round No. Analysis Group 1st round. No....
2012 months 3 days ago
Anyone have a success story after a not-so-great college experience?The reason I ask this is simply this: I want to go into finance. I really do. I spend just as much time on here as I do fantasizing about my future - which is 95% of my thoughts. I go to somewhat of a target school, considering it's a top-20 undergrad b-school but it's located in the Midwest and th...
51 year 1 week ago
Training course for finance?Hi guys, I have a question and your help would be much appreciated. I understand there is training courses for e.g investment banking, like a package of videos and courses you can buy.. Is there something similar to that for finance in general? Something that would go over everything related to fina...
01 year 1 week ago
Non-Target to BB IBD Dudes, I've recently accepted an offer to a BB IBD group after 2 years of absolute torture in terms of uncertainty and leverage. Here's the background: - Non-Target UG, B.S.E. Engineering - Multiple internships in heavy industrial mfg. - One Year post-grad work in sales in electronics mfg. After rou...
261 year 3 weeks ago
CFA ScheduleNow that I can delegate, I'm looking to use the additional time I have at work to study for the CFA. What's the quickest time that I can pass all 3 exams (I'm planning on not having a life for this) if I register now? ...
51 year 3 weeks ago
From Homeless and Parentless to Harvard Inspirational story about the adversity Zack Hodges overcame. Left Parentless and Homeless, Harvard Star's Amazing Journey May Lead to the NFL ...
171 year 4 weeks ago
Would Love Some GuidanceHope everyone is doing well. I'm currently in my 3rd year at a non target, and recently recevied an internship offer from a BB. Although it's a back office position, I'm excited about this opportunity and plan on using it as a learning experience/stepping stone. I would love to land a full time offe...
21 year 1 month ago
Non-target to BB M&A - Thank you!I've been debating whether or not to post this but decided to go ahead with it as I know these sort of posts always spurred me during my darker days! Will just be sharing my story and path from how I went from a pretty poor state school to a non-target university and getting myself a full time offer...
221 year 1 month ago
Just got my offer. Thank you WSOHello. Today I received an offer from a major oil company in the trading department for my first summer internship. I go to a non-target and have sub par grades (3.4/4.0) but with the help of networking and WSO I was able to land my dream position. Overall I just want to thank the users of WSO for s...
301 year 2 months ago
Non-Target, Cold e-mailing to Multiple BB / MM SA Offers -- Yes it can be Done!All, I've been reading WSO for quite a long time, but this is my first and perhaps my last serious post about myself. A bit about my background: I am a junior studying finance at a 200% Non-Target university (yes, there are baby sitting positions on my school's career site, that's how non-target it ...
531 year 2 months ago
An Interesting Success StoryI ran into an old friend the other day and wanted to share his story with the community. He asked me to omit particular facts to maintain his anonymity. I hope that his story will encourage some of you to continue to persevere. My friend has an unconventional background (philosophy major from a non...
11 year 2 months ago
Got rejected from Amazon Financial Analyst posistionRejected after super day at Amazon for FA position. Pretty gutted as I put all my chips into this internship. I feel like my back is against the wall and no matter how depressed I am, I will claw tooth and nail to prevent spending this summer without an internship. Do you think I still have time i...
31 year 3 months ago
Part 2- Finally Got It - Top MM Offer- Thank You WSOSo my previous post ( had people commenting on it asking how i went about networking/using linkedin. Here is my advice on basically reaching out to someone cold on linkedin/just how to game the networking system. My method might not work for all,...
271 year 3 months ago
Role model?Hi guys, thought i'd post it here...i was wondering if you guys have encountered any role models that inspired you in your careers and made you keep moving forward? what were they like? what were their career trajectories like? cheers! ...
11 year 3 months ago
Non Target & No Internships to Target with Multiple OffersHey guys. So This past week I received offers from GS Strats and MS S&T. For me it marked the end of a 2.5 year journey that I thought some of you might find interesting. Before I begin I want to say how lucky I am to have parents that could help me immensely along this long and sometimes expens...
71 year 3 months ago
Thanks WSO - Finally got an offer!Fellow monkeys! This post is long overdue but I recently received an offer from a BB (think GS/MS). I used thank you posts like these in the past as 'if they can do it, so can you' to keep me motivated. Took me over a year to get this offer and I'm really glad I stumbled on this website and went thr...
331 year 3 months ago
Equities Sales SA Offer, Hard Work Starts Here...This week I confirmed my offer for a 9-week summer analyst position in Equities Sales at a top BB in Canary Wharf, London. Firstly, thank you to everyone on this forum who has replied to my posts/ advised me over the past few years. Secondly, the hard work starts now! I was just wondering if anyone ...
11 year 3 months ago
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GOT AN SA OFFER!!! THANK YOU WSOHi Monkeys, The WSO community has been such a help for me since my sophomore year when I learnt about investment banking and has been a huge support throughout my entire recruitment process. I've never done a post but the topics and resources that I have read have been fruitful. All of the networkin...
321 year 3 months ago
FINALLY! GOT IT- TOP MM FT OFFER- THANK YOU WSOHey all (apologize for long post but its been a long journey)- I've been waiting over a year and a half now to post this, and glad I can now. This thread is here to share my journey w/others, free to answer questions if you have and just showing those junior monkeys that dont get BB or MM offers for...
251 year 3 months ago
Brady4MVP RevivalLet's let mbavsmfin have his true name back, especially in light of the recent Tom Brady's recent Super Bowl MVP award. Who's in on this? ...
81 year 3 months ago
Thank you WSO! Got my FT Offer! ADVICE NEEDEDWhere do i even start..I learned so much from this forum. The brutally honest opinions, sincere willingness to help, the technical information and random tips on everything has been absolutely crucial for me landing this offer. Coming from a non-target I didnt get that 3rd year SA position at a BB. ...
271 year 3 months ago
Thanks WSO! SA OfferBeen on this site awhile, just an awesome resource as well as M&I. Bought the technical guides from both. Practiced and studied my ass off for interviews. Went through around 40 interviews with 15-20 banks (including most of the BBs and some elite boutiques), got the offer I wanted. Wanted to th...
rodney ruxin
191 year 3 months ago
Thank You - BROKE IN! WSO Admins and Users, I just wanted to extend a sincere thank you to those at WSO and M&I for all of their constructive criticism and advice over the past year. The advice of others and willingness to help kept me motivated to push longer and harder to chase my dream of becoming an investment ba...
391 year 3 months ago
Thanks WSO - IB Finally from Non-TargetThanks to everybody on this forum, many of you have been extremely helpful in fielding questions and helping provide me with the opportunity to learn. It's been a tough road full of rejection but all you need is one offer. Top tier MM and ranked on the league tables in a few categories. I was the on...
371 year 3 months ago
Accepted an Offer! - How non-targets can "make it"Hey everyone, (Edit: Got a number of PMs here - Added my responses below the rest of the post) I recently accepted a BB offer, am from a non-target, and thought I should contribute something here on WSO given the help and advice I have received from others. However, I did not want to do the typical ...
201 year 3 months ago
A Story of Persistence: If I Can Make It, You Can TooRewind back to October 2011. I was a Senior at a fairly prestigious state school, but it was a non-target university. I was graduating with a major in History, and I believed I wanted to go to Law School eventually. My father and mother both went to Law School and it seemed inevitable that I would d...
281 year 4 months ago
AMA: Big Four to BB IBHey monkeys - I have received a lot of PMs on how to network your way into IB from Big 4 so I thought I would share my path. Here's the high level of my path to IB without disclosing too many details: Non-target - Big 4 audit - BB IB. I was lucky enough to receive multiple IB offers and 100% were a...
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341 year 4 months ago
Non-Target Freshman to Hedge Fund Internship Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/29/14 and ranks #36 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content here. I've been reading WSO for a while but never really posted so I figured I may as well st...
531 year 4 months ago
From CB to IBI am new to posting in the WSO forums, but extremely excited about an opportunity that I just received, so decided I had to share my experience. I graduated from a non target university with mediocre grades (hit a rough patch in school and matured late) and a general finance degree. After about a y...
131 year 5 months ago
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61 year 5 months ago
The Non-Target Who Didn't Take No For An AnswerMod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/25/14 and ranks #19 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content here. Hey all, As I sit here and prepare to write this story, I look back on one of the most...
731 year 5 months ago
Non-target --> FT Off-Cycle IBD AnalystSo I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We were in proximity to a banking center...
361 year 5 months ago
Losers Can WinHey Monkeys, I'm a long time lurker and a first time poster on WSO. Please note that this post will revolve around my journey to investment banking. This sort of story has become much more typical, but I still think it has enough merit to be shared. Please bear with the entirety of this post, I prom...
81 year 5 months ago
If you had rich parents, would that change your career plans?Consider two situations: a) Your parents have 8 figure net worth b) Same as A, but they build their wealth from being serial entrepreneurs Assume that parents are willing to invest/support you if you offer sensible business/investment opportunities. Also, they would be willing to mentor you and woul...
761 year 6 months ago
I DID IT!!!I did it!!! For those who are not in the know here is a quick recap. I was offered a FO BB in AM last month. It was then quickly rescinded for a genuinely stupid reason. Then last week I got a call asking me to come in to talk to a panel for one last shot to show my qualifications. Well I left the i...
541 year 6 months ago
What I Learned From Both Getting Dream Job And Then Dumped In One DayAlright Monkeys, So I've been a long time user of this site and have wanted to give back for a while - so here goes. Today during my painfully boring Econometrics class I received a call from a BB's HR telling me I had been officially extended an offer as an analyst on my top choice team in NYC. N...
341 year 6 months ago
Bouncing back from a low point in your career--how do you guys do it?Hi guys: I was wondering if you can share your experience bouncing back from a low point in your career. Either the times when you felt that you made the wrong career choices (maybe you chose career path A but really should've gone on to career path B), or didn't get on to the career path you want, ...
271 year 6 months ago
AMA: Non-Target 2014 grad with 2 off-cycle BB offers (ER & DCM)I've been a long-time WSO reader and have read countless AMA's that have helped me out along the way, and with FT recruiting in full swing I thought it'd be cool to share my story and give whatever advice I could to people in similar situations to myself. So first I'll start with my background: I we...
361 year 6 months ago
An Attitude and Four Goals for Stress MasteryA phrase you frequently hear in the business world is "stress management." It's supposed to be the process by which businesspeople learn to deal with their stress in a healthy way. But does managing sound like the ideal scenario? I don't think so. Managing, for me, connotes just getting by, just kee...
Dr. Jim Taylor
21 year 7 months ago
Praying for LilyI am posting this because I need the WSO community's prayers, your good vibes, positive energy, anything you can send my family's way. Monkeys, I am going through a very difficult time right now. This site has helped me in many ways, I have tried to give back. You all know I am a family man - if yo...
1321 year 7 months ago
Career change to execution trader success storyHere is my success story. I got into this business later in life, in my thirties. I have no graduate degree, no CFA, nothing. My undergrad degree was an unrelated major with a weak GPA. I am a Trader at a Hedge Fund. I started in the back office, and worked my way to the trading desk over time, ...
Sandy Chamois
11 year 7 months ago
6 Steps to Guarantee IBD from a Non-TargetMy background: Non-target to BB DCM SA in NYC to 3 FT IBD offers. I believe there are 6 steps that can virtually guarantee a non-target to break into the industry. The caveat is that some of these steps may not be attainable to every individual. 1) Network: You've read it a million times on WSO and...
41 year 7 months ago


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