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3/18/11

I always hear that at Wharton, Harvard and Princeton it's super hard and competitive to land an ibanking job as there're many students fighting for limited spots. If this was the case, then why would these same banks recruit at Semi-Targets such as Stern, Ross and Northwestern? If they want the best talent possible and they think that the best talent are at the top Ivy's, why wont they just recruit there...ONLY? If you don't understand what im staying, I'll put it like this...
Goldman Sachs has 200 spots open for potential 1st year analyst.
Wharton, Harvard and Princeton altogether has about 2000 students who want these spots at Goldman. But instead of filling these spots up with just "the big 3", they only sign up about 100 from these schools and go recruit at the "Tier 2" schools such as Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Stanford, Yale and MIT. At these schools, they sign up about 65 or 70 in total and move on the the "Tier 3" schools such as Ross, Stern, UVA,etc and take about 25 to 30 kids. And the rest are filled with people from schools such as U of T, UCLA, KU and other NON TARGET SCHOOL cold callers.
I was wondering why don't they just recruit at the 3 main schools if they think that they're the best talent and they want only the best?

Comments (107)

In reply to kendall
3/19/11

kendall:
brotherbear:
Here's the real answer to your question.

One day, when you're a bit older, you'll take a course on logic, and you'll learn that to defeat an argument, you must either attack the predicates or the logic itself. Your logic is reasonable, but I reject your predicates.

One of your main assumptions is that Goldman believes kids from H/P/W (by the way, Yale is certainly a top target in the States) are better than kids from all other schools. That's simply untrue. If they thought that way, then they would recruit almost exclusively from those schools. But Goldman doesn't recruit solely from those schools. And it's for all of the reasons people highlighted above.

I live with two GS traders. Neither of them went to HYPWS. In London, that list would look like: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, UCL (since undergrads cannot attend LBS). Even at Lazard (who bums pedigree more than just about anyone), about half of the analyst class came from outside of those schools.

The quality of your education is only an indicator of your intelligence, but you don't have to be particularly clever to be an investment banker. You have to be willing to work VERY long hours doing exceedingly remedial accounting, spreadsheet work, and powerpoint presentations (pitch books). Moreover, at a senior level, you're eventually going to have to be able to convince C-level executives at major corporations to go through with a deal (that's how you get paid in investment banking--it's based on deal flow). That's the real reason there is a skew toward HYPWS kids on Wall Street. In 20 years, those kids will--in all likelihood--know a larger number of high-level executives than kids that go to SUNY.

Just about anyone that graduates with a 3.75+ GPA from a top 100 school can do the work of an investment banking analyst or associate. But there is a serious difference between doing the job of an analyst and doing the job of a director or MD. You'll never make it to MD based on your spectacular Excel skills. You need to know people, and be generally likeable (in the end, you're selling the exact same product every other I-banker is selling). That's why you need to relax and go hang out with your friends. Your 15-years-old for Christ's sake! I currently do business with people I knew when I was 15, and I didn't know anything about I-banking until my senior year in college.

And I did my undergrad at a 'tier 2' target, and I still got better offers than just about anyone on this board. And I went to a MUCH worse high school than you do. That's why I can guess why Duke is your first choice--they are the best school that offers merit scholarships. But that shouldn't matter for you based on how poor you claim to be. With a 3.8 at Bronx Science, if you get a 2300+ SAT, and do some solid extracurriculars, you'll get into a top Ivy, and you won't have to pay for it (it's called financial aid). Moreover, if you live in the projects (apologies for the generalization), I suspect there is a good chance you are an ethnic minority (think African-American or Hispanic). If that's the case, you'll get in everywhere. If it's not, and you happen to be a poor white kid living in the projects, you do need to work harder than minorities in your situation. Affirmative action really blows for socioeconomically disadvantaged Caucasians.

Either way, you need to work hard, relax a bit, and focus on having a good time in high school and getting into a good college. And one day, many years from now, maybe you'll sit across the table from me, and I'll ask you why you want to be a trader, and why I should pick you over all of the other kids from HYPWS. And you'll tell me that you're hungrier than they are, and I'll believe you.


great post, I really appreciate it. Yeah, I'm black(which makes me a URM). Ima print out that post and hang it up, really inspirational.

You're black? Focus more of your efforts on becoming on getting recruited by the NBA, than wall street. Either that or jail haha

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In reply to chubbybunny
3/19/11

chubbybunny:
kendall:
brotherbear:
Here's the real answer to your question.

One day, when you're a bit older, you'll take a course on logic, and you'll learn that to defeat an argument, you must either attack the predicates or the logic itself. Your logic is reasonable, but I reject your predicates.

One of your main assumptions is that Goldman believes kids from H/P/W (by the way, Yale is certainly a top target in the States) are better than kids from all other schools. That's simply untrue. If they thought that way, then they would recruit almost exclusively from those schools. But Goldman doesn't recruit solely from those schools. And it's for all of the reasons people highlighted above.

I live with two GS traders. Neither of them went to HYPWS. In London, that list would look like: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, UCL (since undergrads cannot attend LBS). Even at Lazard (who bums pedigree more than just about anyone), about half of the analyst class came from outside of those schools.

The quality of your education is only an indicator of your intelligence, but you don't have to be particularly clever to be an investment banker. You have to be willing to work VERY long hours doing exceedingly remedial accounting, spreadsheet work, and powerpoint presentations (pitch books). Moreover, at a senior level, you're eventually going to have to be able to convince C-level executives at major corporations to go through with a deal (that's how you get paid in investment banking--it's based on deal flow). That's the real reason there is a skew toward HYPWS kids on Wall Street. In 20 years, those kids will--in all likelihood--know a larger number of high-level executives than kids that go to SUNY.

Just about anyone that graduates with a 3.75+ GPA from a top 100 school can do the work of an investment banking analyst or associate. But there is a serious difference between doing the job of an analyst and doing the job of a director or MD. You'll never make it to MD based on your spectacular Excel skills. You need to know people, and be generally likeable (in the end, you're selling the exact same product every other I-banker is selling). That's why you need to relax and go hang out with your friends. Your 15-years-old for Christ's sake! I currently do business with people I knew when I was 15, and I didn't know anything about I-banking until my senior year in college.

And I did my undergrad at a 'tier 2' target, and I still got better offers than just about anyone on this board. And I went to a MUCH worse high school than you do. That's why I can guess why Duke is your first choice--they are the best school that offers merit scholarships. But that shouldn't matter for you based on how poor you claim to be. With a 3.8 at Bronx Science, if you get a 2300+ SAT, and do some solid extracurriculars, you'll get into a top Ivy, and you won't have to pay for it (it's called financial aid). Moreover, if you live in the projects (apologies for the generalization), I suspect there is a good chance you are an ethnic minority (think African-American or Hispanic). If that's the case, you'll get in everywhere. If it's not, and you happen to be a poor white kid living in the projects, you do need to work harder than minorities in your situation. Affirmative action really blows for socioeconomically disadvantaged Caucasians.

Either way, you need to work hard, relax a bit, and focus on having a good time in high school and getting into a good college. And one day, many years from now, maybe you'll sit across the table from me, and I'll ask you why you want to be a trader, and why I should pick you over all of the other kids from HYPWS. And you'll tell me that you're hungrier than they are, and I'll believe you.


great post, I really appreciate it. Yeah, I'm black(which makes me a URM). Ima print out that post and hang it up, really inspirational.

You're black? Focus more of your efforts on becoming on getting recruited by the NBA, than wall street. Either that or jail haha

You're racist? Focus more of your time learning how to write a correct sentence instead of trying to be funny.

3/19/11

so i go to lehigh and got offers from 3 bb's
in front office
so much for your theory

IVY for Life

In reply to futuretrader1999
3/19/11

futuretrader1999:
so i go to lehigh and got offers from 3 bb's
in front office
so much for your theory

What's lehigh?
In reply to HarvardOrBust
3/19/11

HarvardOrBust:
futuretrader1999:
so i go to lehigh and got offers from 3 bb's
in front office
so much for your theory

What's lehigh?

I think it's some restaurant... not too sure but I think it is

3/19/11

There was a post up there that was great, it went along the lines of:

Why would HYP accept kids from Tier 6 schools like Bronx Science while it can accept Tier 1 schools like Collegiate, Andover, Choate?

In reply to Steelo
3/19/11

Steelo:
kendall, I don't know why everyone is hating on your thread. I think you bring up a great point that I've always wondered myself. I always hear that top colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale are very competitive and difficult to get into. If this is the case, then why do they accept students from Tier 2 high schools such as Bronx Science? If they want the best talent possible, and they believe the best talent is at Tier 1 high schools such as Stuyvesant, why won't they just accept students from there ONLY?

Not to mention it would be a stretch to even call Bronx Science a tier 2. I'd say stuy, hchs, dalton, etc. would be more tier w/ Exeter, Andover a step above

Oh god hs tiers... what have i unleashed upon this world :P

3/19/11

well if st. pauls would give enough finacial aid, i could be there instead of bx sci....and @futuretrader1999, i never said my opinion on college tiers and never said a school is better than another.

3/19/11

What a retarded question. Take the blinders off bud.

3/19/11

this kid thinks he's going to get in HYP with a 3.8 from Bronx Science haha. In about 3 years we'll see him upload a "NON-TARGET RESUME FOR PWM" in the resume section and watch it get shitted on by forum members LOL

3/19/11

I don't know about this tier system of High Schools, but Bronx and Stuy are about the same. Tons of intelligent kids that are on the same academic level as kids from Andover.

Banking.

3/19/11

kids from Stuyvesant and Bronx are smarter than the vast majority of Andover/Exeter kids I've met

A majority of those prep school kids are system smart i.e. they are brought up in an environment that made them read Thoreau and Tennyson. Any fucking kid can do that

Math and tech schools blow them out of the water in terms of intelligence but not in terms of overall well-roundedness and social grace

In reply to chubbybunny
3/19/11

chubbybunny:
this kid thinks he's going to get in HYP with a 3.8 from Bronx Science haha. In about 3 years we'll see him upload a "NON-TARGET RESUME FOR PWM" in the resume section and watch it get shitted on by forum members LOL

What's your problem?What have I done to you? I never said anything bad about any college or anything good about any college. I didn't post my gpa to brag as I'm not even in the top 20% at my school. You haven't contributed to the thread, but you continue to try and make me feel bad. Why are you hating on someone 10 years older than you for asking a simple question. I dont even want to go to Harvard or any other "fancy" Ivy League school. I want to go to Duke, so obviously im not trying to say Ivy is better than the rest and Im NOT trying to say that Banks should ONLY recruit at Wharton, Harvard and Princeton. But I can garantee you that I'm a better student than you and that I'll be a better banker than you. You seem like the person who doesn't work for anything and made it to where you are today by a well connected parent. Kudos dude, you can hold ur own against a freshman in HS...
3/19/11

Frankly I feel bad for any 15 year old who knows what investment banking is. Go practice for your drivers license test and play grab ass in the back of a movie theater

In reply to KevinNYC
3/19/11

KevinNYC:
Frankly I feel bad for any 15 year old who knows what investment banking is. Go practice for your drivers license test and play grab ass in the back of a movie theater

+1

In reply to chubbybunny
3/19/11

chubbybunny:
HarvardOrBust:
futuretrader1999:
so i go to lehigh and got offers from 3 bb's
in front office
so much for your theory

What's lehigh?

I think it's some restaurant... not too sure but I think it is

its a restaurant that pays 150k to a kid that just turned 20

guess the food tastes pretty damn good

IVY for Life

In reply to Solidarity
3/19/11

Inappropriate/racist.

Chill the fuck out Solidarity

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3/19/11
In reply to KevinNYC
3/19/11

KevinNYC:
Frankly I feel bad for any 15 year old who knows what investment banking is. Go practice for your drivers license test and play grab ass in the back of a movie theater

That's what i've been thinking since the start of this fail thread!

"I am Shiva the god of death"

3/19/11

Because the big banks can choose people from other schools. Come on, they are not here to hire for fun, they have a business to run. Go to sleep.

In reply to MrV
3/20/11

MrV:
I don't know about this tier system of High Schools, but Bronx and Stuy are about the same. Tons of intelligent kids that are on the same academic level as kids from Andover.

Quite untrue - you'd be surprised what an extra 30 points on the Specialized Science High Schools Admissions Test means about your intelligence. Stuy >>>> Bx Sci

3/20/11

HYPWMS, 3.8+ GPA - they are overrated, of course, but in the end, these names and stats will make it MUCH easier to get hired after college. When it comes to being fired, all kinds of other reasons will come into play - personality, performance issues, drive, etc.

From experience, the stereotype I have of 4.0 students, particularly those from math/science intensive schools is that they tend to think of the problems and solutions in terms of being right/wrong, like what you are used from textbook cases - solve the problem, lookup answer in back page, compare, if right move to another problem, if wrong, check again. In reality, especially in business/economics sciences, there are no right/wrong answers, there are only solutions that are slightly better or worse, and that too depends more on what you do - action, people you know know and similar things, rather than how complicated is the math you used to work out the problem. For example, a simpler solution can be much more effective because you can pitch/explain/put to action that to a higher number or people, while some smart looking model based on dozens of derivative equations will fail because no-one understands it, or has any inclination to spend time trying to understand it. If you go quant/academia path, creativity is factor that will start to play later on. Excellent grades do not really imply creativity, and if you burn out, that will seriously impact your drive and creativity.

For a thought, look at the profiles of senior people at GS or KKR, the % of people there that are graduates from target schools is much lower at senior levels when compared to analyst/associate classes. That tells something.

4/28/11

Looking back, this was likely a troll.

In reply to Steelo
3/20/11

Steelo:
MrV:
I don't know about this tier system of High Schools, but Bronx and Stuy are about the same. Tons of intelligent kids that are on the same academic level as kids from Andover.

Quite untrue - you'd be surprised what an extra 30 points on the Specialized Science High Schools Admissions Test means about your intelligence. Stuy >>>> Bx Sci

I disagree, Those 30 points are indicative of your intelligence in 8th grade(when the test is administered), which is hardly a reliable measure when you're talking long-term. Stuy-Bklyn Tech is the case I would say there is enough spread to see a difference. Stuy == Bx > Tech(100points). I'm going to stop with this. Feel like this thread has deviated enough from the original topic.

Banking.

3/20/11
3/20/11

What 15 year old knows who Lloyd Blankfien is? Sounds fishy. I'm 27, and I just recently learned who he is after becoming more interested in finance careers. Frankly, I'm not even sure I spelled his name correctly. I had probably heard of him before from reading the newspaper, but certainly wasn't making any references to on message boards.

3/20/11

Did you ever think, just maybe, that a formal education is not always the key ingredient to success?

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

-Niccolo Machiavelli

3/20/11

Something important that has not been mentioned is that people's interests change as they grow up. Don't think just because you're 15 or even 25 that you will want to be in finance your whole life, because even if you don't change, the industry will, in ways no one will expect. Doing the best you can all the time is what allows you to switch into new areas that excite you.

Also, a lot of people are telling you to have fun in HS, but don't waste your time the way every other kid does. Be sure to be productive and constantly learning new things, and especially new methods to control yourself. Now is the only time you can experiment and get away with it, so try to do the best and don't ever care what people think, as long as you're really trying to figure out how to do better. Social skills (with adults) are very important, and limit a lot of smart people from being successful. Finally, be sure to kill all your bad habits before they become permanent parts of your character. The older people get, the harder it is to change themselves, so be sure to set yourself straight early on.

"Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?"
-Jean-Baptiste Say

3/21/11

holy shit... this is the same kid who talked about jerking off to porn on my most recent forum post (which oddly had nothing to do with porn). i'm not sure if he's a troll or just has severe social retardation....

Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

3/21/11

Kendell me and you need to have a chat.....your goals and ideas are all screwed up....

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

3/21/11

This thread covered the main points, but an old boss had a view that I am sure is not unique on the street:

Guys from tier 3 schools are likely to be a lot more motivated to work their ass off than the guy who has been the "favorite" his whole life from Harvard.

I have seen my share of pompous douches with "pedigrees" show up as interns and think their last name or family connections is all they need to succeed. These are the guys that tend to show up with 10k watches on their wrist and a $3k suit that doesn't even fit right. Most of the time they can be bitch slapped a few times and then they get in line, but I have seen a few interns not get offers, and analysts that just couldn't shake their attitude get told straight out that they weren't VP material at the firm.

Now to be fair, I have seen two guys from third tier schools that I am not sure exactly how they got an offer and didn't make it, but I have never seen a guy from a shitty school show up expecting people to get him coffee. Those guys also tend to be a lot more loyal to their managers.

That boss in particular, would always look for entrepreneurial type guys- the guys who instead of only working excel problems from textbooks, actually created forecasts for their own businesses. If you had a 3.0 but got a business off the ground and sold it, that was worth more than a 4.0 from Wharton any day. And I agree with him- VP's and MD's always talk about wanting to hire the go-getter, and then tend to hire MBAs who have had their head in a book for the past 20 years. Doesn't really compute when you think about it.

In reply to kendall
3/21/11

kendall:
jbert112:
Is this a serious thread?

And how the hell are Yale, NYU, NW, and Stanford not "target schools"


i didn't say they weren't, i just said that they were a -->step below<-- wharton, princeton and harvard.
And im pulling a 3.8 at bronx science if that matters. Can you guys stop shooting this thread down? I might be wrong, but I thought WSO's forum was to ask and answer questions to help eachother out, but you guys are making it seem it its just to brag about yourself and shit like that.
You guys are making it seem like im looking down on the people who had to work hard to get where they are. Im a 15 year old and I live with 4 other siblings. We only live with my mom in Amsterdam Projects which is on the upper west side, she is only making 30k a year and nobody in my family went to college and nobody has ever told me how important an education is and I wont have anything handed to me. I have to work hard just like most people and wont be able to fall back on mommy or daddy's money. You guys are acting like I'm a white kid who goes to andover with a 4.0 and can just get into any school i want because my dad is rich and powerful with more connections than Lloyd Blankfein....no, if i wanted to become a sanitation worker than maybe his connections there can help me but other than that, im on my own. I wasn't trying to say that the top ranked IVY's were better than the other schools or that the people from the top ranked IVY's were better than the kids from the other schools. If you read my post carefully, i wasn't trying to say schools A,B, and C were better than X,Y and Z. Im in no position to judge.

How can you suck so much at life at such a young age....give up.

3/21/11

OP, you're young, so I'd recommend reading this: http://www.paulgraham.com/hs.html

If I could go back to high school, I would take this advice incredibly seriously. In fact, I'm even trying to implement some of these things now in my mid-20s, so I actually recommend all the rest of you guys read this article too.

3/21/11

The problem on Wall Street is people with the same mentality as you.....

Some of the best analysts I work with are from non-targets. Granted theyre trying to prove themselves or whatever, but who cares, they work harder on average than some of the analysts from targets (myself included)

In reply to econ
3/21/11

econ:
OP, you're young, so I'd recommend reading this: http://www.paulgraham.com/hs.html

If I could go back to high school, I would take this advice incredibly seriously. In fact, I'm even trying to implement some of these things now in my mid-20s, so I actually recommend all the rest of you guys read this article too.

I think Daniel Tosh's graduation speech that he highlighted in his stand up is far superior

3/21/11

"Tier 2" schools such as Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Stanford, Yale and MIT

Are you serious?

In reply to Solidarity
3/21/11

Solidarity:
kids from Stuyvesant and Bronx are smarter than the vast majority of Andover/Exeter kids I've met

A majority of those prep school kids are system smart i.e. they are brought up in an environment that made them read Thoreau and Tennyson. Any fucking kid can do that

Math and tech schools blow them out of the water in terms of intelligence but not in terms of overall well-roundedness and social grace

Dude.... Have you MET the math/tech kids from Andover/Exeter? They practically RECRUIT people from around the world who are good at math/tech. They offer olympiad teams full rides. Kids from my HS place well on national math competitions get an emails about transferring to Exeter, lol. Sure, the smartest mathematicians at Bronx are smart, But you have no idea what your talking about it if you think that just because it is a tech school, it has better math/science students. And I'm not talking calc/multi-variable calc shit. I'm talking Usamo, IMO level stuff. Stuy has plenty of great kids that compare to elite private schools, because they are such a great public school. But the sheer concentration of smart kids at elite private schools is ridiculous. It's why my public HS hated them. Their education is not necessarily better, but they basically buy the best students.

3/21/11

Lol@ MIT, Yale and Stanford are tier 2.

3/21/11

http://www.maa.org/news/051010usamo.html

http://amc.maa.org/e-exams/e8-usamo/e8-1-usamoarch...

Actually it looks like the "smartest" HS's in the country are Thomas Jefferson in Virginia and Exeter. They consistently place the most kids into the USAMO competition, although the enrollment is bigger than at TJ. Pretty interesting how concentrated the top math talent is. It's pretty noisy up at the top, so I wouldn't go by winners.

However, it gets even more concentrated in college such that the Putnam is dominated by 5 schools: MIT, Caltech, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard. Rarely does anyone from Cornell, UPenn, Brown, Columbia, or Yale place in honorable mention and above. This basically means that colleges are now "in the know" and will auto-admit the math/science studs who do well in regional and national competitions.

Comparing 1994 Putnam results to 2009's, this seems like a pretty recent phenomenon. In the past the best research has been done by people from all over the place, which shows how important creativity is compared book smarts. We'll see if this concentration of talent changes the distribution of research talent as well.

3/21/11

why are we ranking hs again.... ?
this must be a new low for the forum...

In reply to ModusOperandi
3/21/11

ModusOperandi:
econ:
OP, you're young, so I'd recommend reading this: http://www.paulgraham.com/hs.html

If I could go back to high school, I would take this advice incredibly seriously. In fact, I'm even trying to implement some of these things now in my mid-20s, so I actually recommend all the rest of you guys read this article too.

I think Daniel Tosh's graduation speech that he highlighted in his stand up is far superior


http://comedians.jokes.com/daniel-tosh/videos/dani...
In reply to kendall
3/21/11

kendall:
econ:
OP, are you kidding me? Why does everyone assume that all the students at the top schools are better than all the students everywhere else?

I have NEVER said a school is better than another school. I was trying to ask if GOLDMAN SACHS THINKS that the students at Wharton ARE BETTER than at lets say NYU, why wont they accept the most Wharton students that they can before going to recruit at NYU.

* Some kids at a state school are smarter than some kids at HYP
* Not everyone at HYP wants to do banking
* Companies don't want too many alumni from any one school because they form informal power blocks that cause an imbalance within the company
* Some kids fuck up in high school and then are much better in college
* .....there's a lot of good reasons.

I've worked with several people from Ivies and honestly, we were sitting in the same office, doing the same thing, getting the same pay and I found it funny. Granted, their had an easier time landing a job, so I will be pushing for an Ivy for grad school. In all seriousness, some of the brightest people I've ever met went to state shcools and do just fine.

Get busy living

In reply to kendall
3/21/11

kendall][quote=brotherbear:
Here's the real answer to your question.

great post, I really appreciate it. Yeah, I'm black(which makes me a URM). Ima print out that post and hang it up, really inspirational.

This entire f**king topic screams troll.

In reply to brotherbear
3/21/11

brotherbear:
Here's the real answer to your question.

One day, when you're a bit older, you'll take a course on logic, and you'll learn that to defeat an argument, you must either attack the predicates or the logic itself. Your logic is reasonable, but I reject your predicates.

One of your main assumptions is that Goldman believes kids from H/P/W (by the way, Yale is certainly a top target in the States) are better than kids from all other schools. That's simply untrue. If they thought that way, then they would recruit almost exclusively from those schools. But Goldman doesn't recruit solely from those schools. And it's for all of the reasons people highlighted above.

I live with two GS traders. Neither of them went to HYPWS. In London, that list would look like: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, UCL (since undergrads cannot attend LBS). Even at Lazard (who bums pedigree more than just about anyone), about half of the analyst class came from outside of those schools.

The quality of your education is only an indicator of your intelligence, but you don't have to be particularly clever to be an investment banker. You have to be willing to work VERY long hours doing exceedingly remedial accounting, spreadsheet work, and powerpoint presentations (pitch books). Moreover, at a senior level, you're eventually going to have to be able to convince C-level executives at major corporations to go through with a deal (that's how you get paid in investment banking--it's based on deal flow). That's the real reason there is a skew toward HYPWS kids on Wall Street. In 20 years, those kids will--in all likelihood--know a larger number of high-level executives than kids that go to SUNY.

Just about anyone that graduates with a 3.75+ GPA from a top 100 school can do the work of an investment banking analyst or associate. But there is a serious difference between doing the job of an analyst and doing the job of a director or MD. You'll never make it to MD based on your spectacular Excel skills. You need to know people, and be generally likeable (in the end, you're selling the exact same product every other I-banker is selling). That's why you need to relax and go hang out with your friends. Your 15-years-old for Christ's sake! I currently do business with people I knew when I was 15, and I didn't know anything about I-banking until my senior year in college.

And I did my undergrad at a 'tier 2' target, and I still got better offers than just about anyone on this board. And I went to a MUCH worse high school than you do. That's why I can guess why Duke is your first choice--they are the best school that offers merit scholarships. But that shouldn't matter for you based on how poor you claim to be. With a 3.8 at Bronx Science, if you get a 2300+ SAT, and do some solid extracurriculars, you'll get into a top Ivy, and you won't have to pay for it (it's called financial aid). Moreover, if you live in the projects (apologies for the generalization), I suspect there is a good chance you are an ethnic minority (think African-American or Hispanic). If that's the case, you'll get in everywhere. If it's not, and you happen to be a poor white kid living in the projects, you do need to work harder than minorities in your situation. Affirmative action really blows for socioeconomically disadvantaged Caucasians.

Either way, you need to work hard, relax a bit, and focus on having a good time in high school and getting into a good college. And one day, many years from now, maybe you'll sit across the table from me, and I'll ask you why you want to be a trader, and why I should pick you over all of the other kids from HYPWS. And you'll tell me that you're hungrier than they are, and I'll believe you.

Great stuff. Write a book.

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3/21/11

racist motherfuckers.

3/21/11

Not all banks target semi-targets. Look at Lazard. They are uber prestigious and focus on only the very elite schools....

3/21/11

Not all banks target semi-targets. Look at Lazard. They are uber prestigious and focus on only the very elite schools....

3/21/11

Here's the deal. Wealthy people go to tier ones. These people have connections to more money. The father of ... who is 4th gen on the street continues to get sons, daughters, etc in all the time. Tier 2 is the difference of a few disgruntled kids getting a survey and being pissed. Then you get a non-target kid who has or doesn't have talent and runs rings around the kids that have everything given to them. This is the reason why 70% or more come from targets and why the last spots go to extreme works and net-workers. Now you can go to a target school or a non-target, amazing GPA and if you don't produce or no one wants to work with you, you will end end up on the street i.e. not Wall Street. This occurs anywhere.

Hard work beats talent, when talent isn't working!!!

In reply to TraderDaily
3/22/11

TraderDaily:
Not all banks target semi-targets. Look at Lazard. They are uber prestigious and focus on only the very elite schools....

less than true

Get busy living

In reply to UFOinsider
3/22/11

UFOinsider:
TraderDaily:
Not all banks target semi-targets. Look at Lazard. They are uber prestigious and focus on only the very elite schools....

less than true

this isn't true at all.. because there is someone on this board that goes to a semi target that is going to Lazard.....

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