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Or do you keep it a secret? Some of my conversations usually go like this:

Me: "Baby u so fine... let me tap dat..."
Stranger: " So, what will you be doing come summer after you graduate?"
Me: "Umm.. yeah I'll be workin someplace..."
Stranger: "Oh really? like a summer job?"
Me: "No, full-time"
Stranger: "Oh cool you found a job!, where will you be workin?"
Me: "Oh... San Francisco. I have no idea what to expect... but u so fine..."
Stranger: "No I meant what company"
Me: "Mmm company? err... let's see... a well-known finance company"
Stranger: "Which one?"
Me: "You know... Lazzy"
Stranger: "Oh I've heard of it, it's like pretty good right? What will you be doing though?"
Me: "Oh... uhh... banking"
Stranger: "You mean i-banking?"
Me: "Yeah... i-banking"
Stranger: "Wow, you're going to make so much money!"
Me: "Yeah... I guess..." (shrug)
Stranger: (looks at me with awe because I'm so humble and yet a banker, nothing like in the news!)

I mention my job when people ask me outright and even then I slow play it out so I seem humble and earn brownie points. I swear you can just see the glimmer of awe in their eyes.

Comments (44)

  • In reply to tandaradei
    coffeebateman's picture

    tandaradei wrote:
    I call troll.

    Welcome to last year.

    Still doesn't stop PJC being a boss. I one day hope to join him at his company (Pipernancial Technological Chang Partners)

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    "I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcom

  • dagro's picture

    yeah, i used to play down my awesomeness, but then people started calling my insincerity, coz it was just so obvious how awesome i was, so now i just admit it straight out:
    "i'd like to tell you about myself, but the moment i do, you'll want to have my babies."

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    "... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."

  • IlliniProgrammer's picture

    In reality, most people in New York hate or fear bankers. When the average person on the street asks me what I do, I say that I'm a programmer. If they press, I say I'm a financial programmer at a bank without getting into the details. Things just run smoother that way.

  • TNA's picture

    9/10 people on the street when told that someone is a banker will think you work in a branch. Unfortunately, branch bankers are hated just about as much as I bankers. When I used to work I would usually avoid the subject all together. I had it twice as bad since I worked for HSBC and every moron and their brother thought HSBC was a Chinese bank. No one could comprehend that hong kong shanghai bank indicated that it was a British bank,uggg.

    Wasn't there a thread a while back about how BO guys get more tail than FO because they work less hours and women don't know the difference between IB and ops, they just care about the name on the business card?

  • In reply to TNA
    tandaradei's picture

    AnthonyD1982 wrote:

    Wasn't there a thread a while back about how BO guys get more tail than FO because they work less hours and women don't know the difference between IB and ops, they just care about the name on the business card?

    This is hilarious! Turns out it's not such a bad topic after all.

  • Marcus_Halberstram's picture

    This is one of the only posts by PJC I actually found funny.

    I don't think anyone really gives a shit either way. The people with the "aw shucks, I'm a banker" attitude just look like douche bags because they're obviously making a bigger deal out of it than anyone really cares about.

    While you may sometimes felt the pang of "I just told this person I'm a banker, but they think I'm like all the other people they know who work in finance. How I can I get them to understand my true awesomeness... that I am a banker of the Gordon Gecko / Patrick Batemen variety and not of the my friend-Rick's-frat-brother-who-went-to-Rutger-and-works-at-Citi variety"... you need to come to terms with the fact that its not that they don't understand, they just don't care.

    After a while you'll realize, its just really not that big of a deal. No one cares, not because they don't understand what you really do -- and they don't -- but because they just don't care enough to understand and even if they did, they still wouldn't care one way or the other. And you may feel like "aww how cute, he's so poor and simpleminded he doesn't even recognize I'm of nobility and he's a peasant," but you're just shitting yourself.

    At the end of the day, the only people who think banking is uber-prestigious and immediately adds 2 inches in length to your penis (3 inches in my case) are bankers themselves. And all the other bankers. Thats why they're so fucking insecure all the time, they're dying for validation on how awesome they really are. But just as the rich man doesn't have to tell you he's rich, if you're really a bad ass, you don't have to tell people, they already know... regardless of whether your a banker, a day trader, or a fucking real estate broker at CitiHabitats who's main focus is trying to launch start-ups.

    Banking is for the most part formulaic. the hardest part about getting into banking is realizing what components of the formula you need in order to be admitted into the club before those components have already passed you by (i.e. doing well in HS, getting into a good college, doing well in college, getting internships, networking).

    There's just nothing special about it. No one cares, nor should they.

  • macro's picture

    I have found myself playing it down, I usually go with "mergers & acquisitions" or that I "advise companies on raising capital". I was once at the Met and was having a conversation with this nice old lady. When I told her that I worked at a bank, she suddenly went apeshit and started railing away at the greed of modern financiers. It was amusing the first time, but I hate repeating the same conversation over and over.

  • Banker88's picture

    I don't say I work at a bank because that implies commercial bank. I even once asked a shoe salesman "do you think these would be good for a banking interview?" and he answered "well if you're gonna be on your feet all day as a teller, I suggest these because they're comfortable." I didn't bother correcting the old man.

    But since then, when people ask what I'll be doing after graduation, I just tell them straight up "investment banking." I'm not sorry for being successful. And going back to an earlier post - if they think less of me for working in finance, it's only cause they're jealous.

    And Marcus, STFU. Banking rules and we're awesome.

  • In reply to Marcus_Halberstram
    Advisory88's picture

    Marcus_Halberstram wrote:
    This is one of the only posts by PJC I actually found funny.

    I don't think anyone really gives a shit either way. The people with the "aw shucks, I'm a banker" attitude just look like douche bags because they're obviously making a bigger deal out of it than anyone really cares about.

    While you may sometimes felt the pang of "I just told this person I'm a banker, but they think I'm like all the other people they know who work in finance. How I can I get them to understand my true awesomeness... that I am a banker of the Gordon Gecko / Patrick Batemen variety and not of the my friend-Rick's-frat-brother-who-went-to-Rutger-and-works-at-Citi variety"... you need to come to terms with the fact that its not that they don't understand, they just don't care.

    After a while you'll realize, its just really not that big of a deal. No one cares, not because they don't understand what you really do -- and they don't -- but because they just don't care enough to understand and even if they did, they still wouldn't care one way or the other. And you may feel like "aww how cute, he's so poor and simpleminded he doesn't even recognize I'm of nobility and he's a peasant," but you're just shitting yourself.

    At the end of the day, the only people who think banking is uber-prestigious and immediately adds 2 inches in length to your penis (3 inches in my case) are bankers themselves. And all the other bankers. Thats why they're so fucking insecure all the time, they're dying for validation on how awesome they really are. But just as the rich man doesn't have to tell you he's rich, if you're really a bad ass, you don't have to tell people, they already know... regardless of whether your a banker, a day trader, or a fucking real estate broker at CitiHabitats who's main focus is trying to launch start-ups.

    Banking is for the most part formulaic. the hardest part about getting into banking is realizing what components of the formula you need in order to be admitted into the club before those components have already passed you by (i.e. doing well in HS, getting into a good college, doing well in college, getting internships, networking).

    There's just nothing special about it. No one cares, nor should they.

    I really like your posts, you should write a book some day!!

  • PiperJaffrayChiang's picture

    among my non-business college educated pals, I almost gag at saying i-banker cuz they give me funny looks and think I'm trying to show off.

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  • drexelalum11's picture

    I don't mention it, but there are dudes who from an unbiased viewpoint think it adds inches to their penis, because I've met guys at bars who pretend to be bankers (pretty obvious when they say they work in a group that doesn't exist).

    Of course, I say I'm a doctor, because that actually does add inches to your dick.

  • In reply to Banker88
    soitwouldseem's picture

    Banker88 wrote:
    drexelalum11 wrote:
    I don't mention it, but there are dudes who from an unbiased viewpoint think it adds inches to their penis, because I've met guys at bars who pretend to be bankers (pretty obvious when they say they work in a group that doesn't exist).

    People pretending to be bankers? I wish I would see that.

    Pretty dumb, cause when most hot blonde females hear that they think bank teller, and then talk to the attorney that is next to you.

  • Barboone's picture

    Wow PJC you have no game!! if you are dropping lines like that to a girl, you deffinitely will be the @$$hole with a ton of bandwith pulling all nighters while us (the boys with true game) will be doing models and bottles all the way while taking all the credit for your work because....
    YOU HAVE NO INTERPERSONAL SKILLS!!!

    "The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path"
    -Frank Underwood

  • In reply to Mzz
    Barboone's picture

    Mezz wrote:
    Me: "Oh... San Francisco. I have no idea what to expect... but u so fine..."

    I can tell that you're asian just from that line alone.

    I had to throw some bananas your way. That was hillarious!

    "The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path"
    -Frank Underwood

  • In reply to alwayshere86
    PiperJaffrayChiang's picture

    alwayshere86 wrote:
    Mezz wrote:
    Me: "Oh... San Francisco. I have no idea what to expect... but u so fine..."

    I can tell that you're asian just from that line alone.

    of course he's asian.

    He is Jeffrey Chiang afterall.

    lol

    at least someone here was smart enough to catch on.

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    We are excited to formally extend to you an offer to join Bank of Ameria

  • In reply to Barboone
    dagro's picture

    helphere wrote:
    Wow PJC you have no game!! if you are dropping lines like that to a girl, you deffinitely will be the @$$hole with a ton of bandwith pulling all nighters while us (the boys with true game) will be doing models and bottles all the way while taking all the credit for your work because....
    YOU HAVE NO INTERPERSONAL SKILLS!!!

    whoa (Keanu-style) way to dis, man... aside from the fact that PJ ain't deserving all this hating, and that the original post was a joke (hence you just made fun of yourself), you should work a little on those dis'ing skills of yours. they're a little college-freshman-ish.

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    "... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."

  • In reply to dagro
    drexelalum11's picture

    dagro wrote:
    helphere wrote:
    Wow PJC you have no game!! if you are dropping lines like that to a girl, you deffinitely will be the @$$hole with a ton of bandwith pulling all nighters while us (the boys with true game) will be doing models and bottles all the way while taking all the credit for your work because....
    YOU HAVE NO INTERPERSONAL SKILLS!!!

    whoa (Keanu-style) way to dis, man... aside from the fact that PJ ain't deserving all this hating, and that the original post was a joke (hence you just made fun of yourself), you should work a little on those dis'ing skills of yours. they're a little college-freshman-ish.

    College freshman? No way man, this caps-lock gangster threw down INTERPERSONAL, that's a positively sophomoric polysyllabic word.

  • M-001's picture

    Nobody really gives a shit... I am not in banking, yet, but when I tell people that I am working towards investment banking they usually assume or ask 1 of the 3 following things:

    1. they hear banking and assume Chase teller.
    2. they hear investment and assume financial advisor and ask something along the lines of, "Oh, WOW! Can I give you my money to invest?"
    3. they ask "Oh, what do investment bankers do?" Not really caring to hear an answer...

  • In reply to alwayshere86
    Barboone's picture

    alwayshere86 wrote:
    btw, what happened to BOA offer?

    why they rescind it?

    PM if u like. Sorry to hear about that.

    He changed it after I called him out on it, I know a couple of ppl in Merril's IBK and IBD

    "The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path"
    -Frank Underwood

  • In reply to drexelalum11
    Barboone's picture

    drexelalum11 wrote:
    dagro wrote:
    helphere wrote:
    Wow PJC you have no game!! if you are dropping lines like that to a girl, you deffinitely will be the @$$hole with a ton of bandwith pulling all nighters while us (the boys with true game) will be doing models and bottles all the way while taking all the credit for your work because....
    YOU HAVE NO INTERPERSONAL SKILLS!!!

    whoa (Keanu-style) way to dis, man... aside from the fact that PJ ain't deserving all this hating, and that the original post was a joke (hence you just made fun of yourself), you should work a little on those dis'ing skills of yours. they're a little college-freshman-ish.

    College freshman? No way man, this caps-lock gangster threw down INTERPERSONAL, that's a positively sophomoric polysyllabic word.

    freshman it is my dudes

    "The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path"
    -Frank Underwood

  • In reply to Barboone
    dagro's picture

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  • In reply to juicyj
    dagro's picture

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    "... then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it."