Against All OddsIB
I joined WSO a bit over a year ago during my junior year where I had no idea about the banking industry/networking/interviews/etc. While the industry appealed to me it seemed that I was vastly outnumbered in experience, GPA, credentials etc. However, with the help of individuals on the board who still continue to help me to this day such as: monty, anthony, compbanker, gekko, captk etc. (If any of you don't know who I am I've changed usernames quite some times), I was able to obtain a spot in a mid-tier bank within the 2011 IB analyst class.
A bit more about myself
I'm not going to lie, I often had thoughts of giving up as I wasn't even able to obtain middle office on campus interviews and often disregarded as a candidate due to my GPA / experience. However, perseverance, hard work, and great help here on WSO has allowed me to achieve my goal. I guarantee that I would have had ZERO chance without the WSO community, so for those that are prospective monkeys, I suggest reaching out to those on these forums for advice and help.
For some advice to those who are in positions similar to mine a year ago.
1. Network (I sent about 50-100 cold emails a week with great results) My school had no updated alumni book so I randomly found people through linked in (Not sure if this is still possible.)
2. Target MM firms, individuals within IB rather than recruiters.
3. Buy the interview guides above, helped with every single question (The $60 is the best money I've ever spent)
4. Don't be afraid to ask others for advice, people on these boards are generally kind enough to pass some on because they have been in your shoes in the past.
5. PERSONALIZE emails. Dont BCC everyone. Change the heading name, and company. The rest can be copied. (i.e I noticed that you are at _____ within Investment banking)
6. NEVER give up. Don't feel disappointed because others around you have secured FT offers and such. With the right phone call, with that one golden email, you may get your foot in the door.
I know that this post may not speak to many of you on these forums which come from more distinguished schools and such but I hope to speak to those that come to these forums with big dreams and perseverance, rather than pedigree and experience.
Thank you WSO.
I can't believe I'm so excited to work 100 hours a week.