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  1. How I got into Banking

    Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday- this was originally posted in 2006. To see all of our top content from the past, click here. So I'm new here and spent a good deal of time reading all of the posts from the past few weeks. I thought I would s ...

    109 comments - 28 silver bananas - Nov 26 2015 - 11:12am -

  2. How PWM really works (part 2): Breaking In, Staying In, and Getting Out

    Hey guys, got quite a few questions on breaking into PWM, so this blog will focus exclusively on breaking in, being successful, and exit opps. If you haven't read my first post, see the link below: Part 1: Past, Present, Future, and $$$ Next post wil ...

    44 comments - 13 silver bananas - Jul 24 2014 - 10:18am -

  3. 25yo Engineer- Is there anything I can do to get out and pursue Business/Strategy/Finance

          Hello guys, I'm sure I sound like an idiot, but it's been on my brain for a long, long time, and something tragic happened in my life recently that's put a lot into perspective. I graduated from a top school in engineer ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 7 2015 - 6:53pm -

  4. Deaf Looking to Break In

          Mod Note (Andy)- We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #15 and was originally posted 11/1/2015. Hey everyone! I have been following this site and enjoyed contents from different kind of people. Since my ex ...

    28 comments - 26 silver bananas - Jan 2 2016 - 9:18am -

  5. New Years Resolution: Not to fuck up.

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    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 16 2016 - 10:59am -

  6. Double Break-In: Thanks WSO!

    All, Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the admins, users and interview guide authors for their commitment and consistent assistance to the WSO community. In 2011, I was thanking the community for the help breaking into investment b ...

    18 comments - 9 silver bananas - Mar 30 2015 - 1:25pm -

  7. An Infinity of No.

          After a few months now of trolling WSO and four weeks of writing in the contributing blogger intern program, all while working full-time for a F500 and pursuing my MBA full-time in effort to break into ER, I have had a bit of an epiph ...

    17 comments - 6 silver bananas - May 13 2014 - 8:00pm -

  8. Banking on Insurance: Breaking in from the Insurance industry- fact or fiction?

    Here's what my boss said to me over a couple of beers. About half the industry (insurance) is made up of guys who couldn't cut it as bankers. When all else fails, you have dad call up his college bud at [insert name of commercial insurer here] a ...

    53 comments - 4 silver bananas - Jun 19 2012 - 4:31pm -

  9. Can the guys who have already broken into RE PE or Development comment on how exactly they did it?

          I think this would be a good thread for us to build up, and keep running as many of us are trying to break-into RE PE and Development and would greatly value the stories, insights and strategies of other group members who have been su ...

    17 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 29 2014 - 4:19pm -

  10. Law vs. Investment Banking?

          Hi I am trying to decide between going to law school or pursue investment banking. I am good at math, but also love doing persuasive argumentation. Any advice? finance breaking in IBD ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 21 2014 - 8:32pm -

  11. Guidance on breaking into banking as an analyst in Canada?

    Hello WSO. I currently am a student (just finished freshmen year) at a non-target university in Canada in the CS /Math program, I have a 3.5 CGPA (Expecting to bring it up to 3.6-3.7 sophomore year). I have an interest in the capital markets and hope to b ...

    18 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 21 2014 - 10:36pm -

  12. Broke in from the Big Four

    I joined the Big Four out of college. I wound up in the CRE valuation/advisory group. Finding a job had been difficult for me. I knew that I wanted to be in finance, but I was a dumb college kid and had no focus. I figured this job could be a springboard. ...

    28 comments - 5 silver bananas - Aug 10 2012 - 11:29pm -

  13. Your Life, Career & Fantasy Football

    Recently, West Coat Analyst made an interesting point about the tiers of MBA programs and their similarities to this year's crop of running backs. As an avid fan of fantasy football, I see an even deeper connection, one that mirrors an entire young l ...

    7 comments - 2 silver bananas - Jul 26 2013 - 12:45pm -

  14. Breaking Into ER: Good GPA, Poopy Internships

    I'm graduating May of 2015 as a finance major from a non-target/top tier state school. My grades are good enough with a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.6 major GPA, but my only internship is a ER internship at a bogus firm where I learned no real skills. ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 23 2014 - 8:40pm -

  15. From Front Line to Front Office

    I was originally going to write my long success story, but instead I'll keep this brief and point out some key things that I believe aspiring monkeys should know. I am in no ways an expert on breaking in, but believe I can at least provide a bit of d ...

    27 comments - 5 silver bananas - Mar 22 2012 - 9:24am -

  16. Has my ship sailed?

    Hi all, I am a 25 year old, who graduated 2.5 years ago from a lower ranked ivy (Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown) with a 4.0 and a BS in biology. I spent an additional two years after graduation working in the laboratory as a research fellow for a government en ...

    19 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 9 2013 - 5:56pm -

  17. Some Thoughts on Interviews

    A few weeks ago, my father set up a meeting for me with his bosses boss. This guy basically runs wealth. This guy was brought out of retirement, in his mid-50's, to help a friend of his rebuild the WM division at the BB where my old man works. After ...

    23 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 28 2011 - 11:12pm -

  18. Finding a path to REPE.

    Basically I've just made up my mind that I want to break into the Real Estate business upon graduating undergrad, and hopefully moving into Real Estate PE down the line. The issue is I'm a rising senior and don't have any experience directl ...

    33 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 6 2012 - 4:19pm -

  19. N/A Deleted Topic Thread

          deleted uva breaking in NYU CAS Advice non finance major ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 16 2014 - 10:18pm -

  20. Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity

    Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity looks like modeling 101. Written by Paul Pignataro, founder of New York School of Finance, this book promises to be a must read for all high-finance prospects. Fr ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 25 2013 - 10:48pm -

  21. What can I do as an undergrad to break into a hedge fund upon graduation instead of taking the investment banking route first?

          What can I do as an undergrad to break into a hedge fund upon graduation instead of taking the investment banking route first? Investment Banking hedge funds Undergrad breaking in ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 26 2012 - 9:08am -

  22. I suck

    So pretty much, I suck. I go to a average state school most people can get into. Is it still possible to make a good salary (good for me is around 150k-200k in overall compensation) if I turn my life around and become among the top at a state school? I ha ...

    26 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 23 2012 - 10:32pm -

  23. Advice- Please rip this plan to shreds

    WARNING- LONG POST I am a 2009 grad from an extreme non-target who just got accepted into MIT's MFin program. This seems like a dream-come-true, and it is, and I really want to go, and probably will. My concern is that financially, it doesn't ne ...

    21 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 25 2011 - 10:31am -

  24. How I Broke Into Goldman Sachs (Bit Long)

          I applied to Operations. breaking in ...

    30 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 2 2009 - 7:46pm -

  25. Upper-Middle Market

          All, Wanted to post a topic drilling down to specifically upper-middle market PE firms. Other topics on here have mentioned MM recruiting as being less structured and that breaking in can be done via cold-calling, if necessary. Wanted ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 3 2013 - 12:11pm -

  26. Finding a serious finance opportunity in Charlotte

    Hi All. This is my first post on WSO. I'm living in Charlotte right now, and trying to get on a serious/ambitious path in finance. I plan on working in CLT for the next couple years then moving back to NYC where I have some low-mid level contacts at ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 28 2015 - 7:15pm -

  27. Where to start?- Starting to apply for summer internships

          Hey everyone I am about to start applying for internships for Fall semester and I just don;t know where to start... my last two internships i got throigh craigslist but i feel that the real quality ones lie in a different arena... so ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 24 2016 - 2:02pm -

  28. Purple Heart to Front Office

    Hey guys, Senior in high school here. I rcently got accepted to a non-target school and realize i have no shot at FO comin out of there. So I was wonderin: should I go into the military for six years n then try my luck at breaking into IBD? If I was to ea ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 10 2010 - 7:13pm -

  29. Whats so wrong with Private Wealth /financial advising???

    So i basically have an "exploding offer" with a boutique that expires in like 2 weeks....and i have read countless articles on here and other sites on PWM, financial advising, etc...I mean ive spoken to people there and they say they love it.... ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 6 2010 - 2:07pm -

  30. MBA now or later (career-switcher)

    I would appreciate some advices from fellow primates. Now is still not the best time for career-switcher going for IB. I have a non-finance (science) degree and only one year of non-finance work experience. I have two options: 1) I am about to start unpai ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 30 2010 - 11:38pm -

  31. Breaking into Investment banking

    I'm starting to get a lot of emails from random people, saying that they're trying to break into the bank where I work. Some lay out steps they've taken so far. Some even ask me for help, breaking in. Bottom line, should I be concerned? Sec ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 16 2013 - 12:24pm -

  32. Why is DCM/ECM not as good?

    I'm kind of curious as to why people dislike DCM and ECM groups so much on these boards. Are the exit opps not as good/are the groups just overall not as impressive as Goldman TMT or something? Maybe my perception is wrong, but I'm basing this o ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 29 2010 - 12:15pm -

  33. How hard is it gonna be to get in?

    I'm a noob and long time lurker. I've read other's posts about breaking into IB/PE but can't ever find anyone with a situation close enough to mine to gauge it well enough. One of my undergrad degrees was finance, and I recently finish ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 20 2013 - 5:42am -

  34. How to tell if I-Banking is your "true calling"

    Hey guys, Long time lurker, first time poster. To start off, I really appreciate how active everyone is on this site; the wealth of information posted here has really helped me a lot in my search for employment in the banking industry. ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 2 2013 - 4:03pm -

  35. Breaking into PWM or ANYTHING from a non-target?

    Hi, I posted in the asset management section, but no one is answering my questions. I'm wondering how hard it is to get into Wealth Management from a non-target school, even if you get advanced certifications like the CFA and things like that? If PWM ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 18 2009 - 3:46pm -

  36. How to break into VC

    I am a sophomore at a top university (but that is a non-target for finance). I am majoring in math+econ, and have a solid GPA (3.62, will bring it up). I am doing an internship with BAML Global Wealth Management, and am looking into a consulting internshi ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 29 2010 - 1:16am -

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  38. How do you make the most of UG as an aspiring IBer

          Delete college GPA Undergrad Economics non target breaking in ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 11 2014 - 8:53pm -

  39. Breaking into Operations

    Someone really close to me will be graduating this spring/summer with a math degree from a top 50 state school. He is very smart, obviously quantitative, but for X reasons did not do well in school and will graduate with a 2.5-2.8 GPA. I think an operatio ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 16 2010 - 8:00pm -

  40. ER Question

    Just a general question here. I went straight from undergrad to grad school, knowing that I wanted to get into ER and get my CFA. The grad program I chose was a CFA Partner school, but a non-target. Honestly, that's fine by me-- I didn't want to ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 5 2011 - 2:35pm -

  41. 2 Step Guide to Breaking into IBD from Non-target

    People always overstate the difficulty of getting into banking from a non-target school. You don't need to transfer to a better school; you can break in. It is called NETWORKING. I will now proceed to teach the two steps for breaking in from a non-ta ...

    4 comments - 3 silver bananas - Feb 23 2013 - 12:57pm -

  42. What is it going to take to break into SunTrust Robinson Humphrey??

    OK. I've applied twice to Institutional Equity Sales positions in Atlanta. I have the licenses that are needed to do the job with the exception of the Series 7. I have the relevant experience. I've done all the traditional stuff that everyone sh ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 23 2012 - 5:10pm -

  43. How do I break in?

    I'm a senior, graduating in 2011. Have a good gpa and am currently interning at a bank wealth management shop. ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 2 2011 - 11:33pm -

  44. hard science to PE? start at boutique level? Feel like a fugitive

         . private equity breaking in non-traditional ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 30 2010 - 10:06am -

  45. How did you do in college?? Is it what you know or who??

          So i was wondering to all of the current wall street workers here...and those trying to get there...how was your college experience? What did your grades look like? Were you the life of the party or the life of the library? Do you reg ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 12 2010 - 8:25am -

  46. I-Banking break in advice

    Gentlemen, I am a recent college graduate that is currently studying for his MBA and MS in Finance. I am going to school full time, Drexel University, and have a full time job with the government. I will soon have a full time job with a private wealth fir ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 24 2010 - 8:59am -

  47. How do I break into Private Equity?

    Return to Main FAQ Page There is no set path to breaking into Private Equity, but there are paths that are much more common. As an undergraduate student you will be facing a significant challenge. Very few PE firms recruit undergraduates and the ones that ...

    0 comments - silver bananas - Apr 23 2011 - 8:25pm -

  48. How to break in to ER

    I have been researching various divisions in IB and Equity Research seems of interest to me. How hard is it to break in in comparison to IBD or S&T. I know its a long shot because I go to a nontarget school on the west coast (top 25) I have about 3.4 ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 30 2009 - 2:26pm -

  49. Hello! I'm a liberal arts grad trying to break in

    Before I introduce myself, I just wanted to thank everyone for the informative and entertaining content on WSO. I've learned a lot just reading through the posts, especially the success stories of people that match my background. I graduated from a t ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 18 2013 - 10:30am -

  50. Recent grad- looking to break in to IB from non-target

    New member here- been reading the forums for a while and there seems to be a lot of helpful people on here. So here's my story... I graduated in May from a very small non-target in New England with a finance degree (3.6 GPA). Over the past two summer ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 30 2009 - 11:39pm -

  51. Sophomore Engineering Student from Ivy Target w/ High GPA Trying to Break In

          Hi All, Title really says it all. I am a Sophomore at a Target Ivy League school with a 3.81 GPA, studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics. Despite the high GPA, involvement in EC's, and some demonstrated interes ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 2 2015 - 9:59pm -

  52. Moving from valuation analyst to investment banking

          Has anyone had any success breaking into investment banking after working as a valuation analyst? How long should I stick with this job before looking for exit opps? Would I have a better shot trying to get into a top business school ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 23 2015 - 1:12pm -

  53. Breaking into prop trading?

          Where can I learn about what it takes to break into prop trading? I've already read the interview on M&I but it really wasn't all that informative. It seems like prop firms don't really do a lot of on campus recruit ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 22 2012 - 10:54pm -

  54. Reality Check and Needed Help.

    **Hey everyone, appreciate any help and/or information. Tough job market and lack of connections make for one hell of a reality check. Who I am: 1) Frustrated college graduate (Aug/2011) 2) Working to break into finance with hopes to eventually work in in ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 22 2011 - 1:42pm -

  55. How to break into S&T/Research/IB with limited work experience?

    I feel like i hit a brick wall running at 200 miles another. I've been trying my very damnest since august of 2010 to get a job with an investment bank. Starting my search in august obviously didn't help my case but over these past 6 months i� ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 20 2011 - 8:19pm -

  56. SA recruiting from BB target for Southern offices?

    I'm currently a student at a top BB target school in New England but I'm trying to avoid NYC at all costs for IB (strongly considering trading in NYC/Chicago, however). But, I'm having some difficulty connecting with offices in the South be ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 19 2011 - 11:46am -

  57. Leadership Programs

          Hey guys. I know there are a bunch of leadership programs for students that arent at their Junior year internship summer... I was wondering if anyone had a list of them all or knew a couple that were good... I know credit suisse and g ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 15 2010 - 11:40am -

  58. High GPA economics major but internships aren't in finance?

    I go to a large state school in the South ranked around 50th overall. I am a business economics major with roughly a 3.89 GPA. The past two summers, I interned with large-scale corporate retail buying and merchandising thinking I'd go into marketing ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 18 2015 - 1:03am -

  59. Any beginner's advice for a finance junior looking to break in ibd

          Hi I am junior student looking to get into IBD, nice to meet you all! Any advice for starters? I have a 3.9GPA at a target school, but not really good at networking. finance breaking in IBD ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Nov 21 2014 - 8:16pm -

  60. Economic Analyst Looking to Move Into Impact Investing could use Modeling Training. Help!

    Hello, I'm Matt, an Economic Analyst with a trade association in Washington, DC. I'm here at WSO to figure out the best way to break into the impact investing world. I'm drawn to the impact world through my Master's program in Internat ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 9 2014 - 5:51pm -

  61. Differences between trading and banking career advice?

    Most of the advice on this site is focused on breaking into banking. There is an underlying assumption that the advice is meant for people interested in banking. Trading, however, is a totally different career. In this thread, can we point out which piece ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Jun 3 2011 - 6:17pm -

  62. Military Network on Wall Street

          I am 2nd year MBA looking to expand my networking reach to include military personnel. I currently work for the military as I attend B School part-time. Ironically, my schedule allows me to take classes with the day students, but I am ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 22 2010 - 7:21pm -

  63. Breaking in to Trading without degree..is it possible?

          This may or may not be an existing thread, but here goes... I am looking to get into trading (preferably fixed income). I have 12+ years Operational Management experience in servicing fixed income assets, all resi, at fortune 100 firm ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 2 2010 - 1:54pm -

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