I'm a longtime lurker of this forum but I've never posted before. The information I got here over the past couple of years was hugely helpful when I was in school and looking for my job in banking, and still useful today. I wanted to give back by providing an opportunity for people who may be in the position I was in a couple of years ago to ask questions and get straightforward, frank answers.
Quick background on me:
1. Second year top-bucket analyst in a top coverage group of a BB investment bank
2. Target school background, consulting at a small place before banking, econ major with fairly poor grades (under 3.5)
3. I got into banking due to sheer persistence and networking
I'm able and willing to answer any questions about recruiting, coming in as a lateral, life as a banking analyst and pay/exits. I have a good view into recruiting on-campus as well as I did this and got a few offers back in the day (not where I'm currently at). If you have specific questions about consulting vs. banking, making the jump from consulting to banking or otherwise "breaking in" I could really help. Let me know, I'm happy to help out a community that helped me so much.