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