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A few months ago I wrote a post about how I came from a non-target school with a sub 3.0 GPA, and made it into a FO gig at a top MM bank. You can check out my background and brutal job search journey here.

I'm writing this post to hopefully provide some advice to fellow monkeys who have accepted offers and will be starting their capital markets careers soon or upon graduation. I've been on the job for 6 months now and absolutely love it. S&T hours, an awesome team, and I finally feel like I am somewhere with a solid future and career path.

While you may think you've made it and all your worries are gone now that you landed the bank job you've been killing yourself for, think again. It's just the beginning of another journey.

Continue to better yourself, stay up-to-date on the markets, and even continue to network. Chances are that where you are now is not where you are going to end up in 10+ years. You may not have to cold call anymore, but continue to network and expand your connections.

Prepare to fuck up. You're not going to hit the ground running. Every job comes with a learning curve. Yeah you can reduce that learning curve, but you are going to screw up as you're getting the hang of things. Try to take it in stride.

Don't forget where you came from. Only a few months on the job and I get cold calls and e-mails from people looking for jobs. I will always give someone the time of day and do what I can to help because I have been there and know how goddamn hard it can be. Stay grounded and don't let your head get as big as a lot of your coworkers'.

I don't want to ramble on anymore. I also don't mean to beat my own chest or pretend I have everything figured out 6 months on the job. I just wanted to give an opportunity for any of you guys that are about to start a new job to ask any questions to someone who may be a few months ahead of you and can help make your transition a little smoother.

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Comments (18)

  • lasampdoria's picture

    Inspiring story, gives us non-targets hope.

    You can't beat the feeling of achieving your goals by working your ass off.

    SB'd. Keep it coming.

    "Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."- Benjamin Franklin

  • yeahright's picture

    What location are you in? NYC?

    Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

  • spaceagecowboy's picture

    you made it bro, made it

  • aurelius's picture

    Can you describe your networking efforts?

    I have a sub 3.0 GPA from a University of California (UC) school. I currently plan to enroll in a MSF program in hopes of "resetting" my GPA.

  • aurelius's picture

    Also, how did you deal with your GPA during interviews?

  • Wall Street Jungle's picture

    Tremendous man. Thank you so much.

  • In reply to aurelius
    Ichan's picture

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    aurelius:
    Can you describe your networking efforts?

    I have a sub 3.0 GPA from a University of California (UC) school. I currently plan to enroll in a MSF program in hopes of "resetting" my GPA.

    Which MSF program are you planning to enroll?

    It's not about the money. It's about the game between people.

  • In reply to blueslord2910
    Buddyfox's picture

    blueslord2910:
    Very inspiring! I used your last post to motivate myself and got the offer at the end. Thank you so much!

    This is so good to hear. Congrats man

  • In reply to aurelius
    Buddyfox's picture

    aurelius:
    Also, how did you deal with your GPA during interviews?

    See my original post for networking efforts. As far as gpa goes - you need to have a story. I was working part time, helping to pay the interest on my student loans, involved in school groups/activities, and played some intramurals. Are these valid reasons to slack off in school? No. But I had a story and it wasn't 'drinking and smoking pot with my buddies'.

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  • In reply to Ichan
    aurelius's picture

    Ichan:
    Which MSF program are you planning to enroll?

    I'll likely have to wait 1.5 years for a MSF program. I'm a little late to the game, perhaps I'll apply for round 3-4.

    I'm considering programs like: Villanova, Pepperdine, UIUC, SMU, Queen's (Toronto, I have dual citizenship), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), and Wake Forest (MiM). Thus far I've found it difficult to evaluate the strengths of the various programs. Furthermore, with a mediocre GPA and poor work experience I am forced to resort to whomever accepts me - the whole endeavor is a long shot.

    Do you have recommendations as to MSF programs?

  • EtherBinge's picture

    Buddyfox:

    Don't forget where you came from. Only a few months on the job and I get cold calls and e-mails from people looking for jobs. I will always give someone the time of day and do what I can to help because I have been there and know how goddamn hard it can be. Stay grounded and don't let your head get as big as a lot of your coworkers'.

    One of the very few I've seen actually acknowledge this.

    Kudos. Congrats, man.

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