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How WSO has enhanced my IB/PE careerBackground I randomly discovered WSO nearly seven years ago just weeks after I secured a FT MM IB position. The website was extremely nascent at the time with only a few thousand registered users. The majority of the users were college students with only a handful of people actually working in... 42 21 hours 40 min
How I got into BankingMod 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 share my story. So I am at a Business... 107 5 months 4 days
Reflections on Year 1 at BoothMod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content here. I recently completed my first year at Booth and felt compelled to share my... 158 10 months 3 days
To anyone considering an MBAThere has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an MBA. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an MBA, I thought I’d share some thoughts. You can see my full background story here: http... 163 10 months 3 weeks
Brady was right, B-School is INSANEOkay, not exactly, but I wanted to offer up some thoughts now that I've had a taste of the b-school experience. First of all, Brady is right that MBA students like to party. Pretty much every day there is some sort of event or get-together going on where people are drinking and socializing. For... 18 2 years 8 months
Advice for New Analysts Seeking PE ExitsMod note (Andy): "Blast from the past - Best of WSO" - while Eddie is away this month in his place we'll be posting up some of the most popular posts from the past. This was originally posted on 12/26/09 I received a number of PMs asking for advice for analysts as to how to successfully... 68 3 years 6 months
Breaking into Private Equity from BankingSince some of my longer threads/advice seems to have been buried on the forums, I decided to consolidate it through the blog. Enjoy. The majority of the below text is sourced from the following link: Advice for... 22 3 years 9 months
Messages DeletedI just went to look at my Private Messages and it looks like all of the messages I've received or sent since the inception of my account have been deleted. Would be great if you could recover them -- I had a few that I hadn't responded to yet and a wealth of reference Q&A saved up in my inbox. 7 4 years 5 days
Ask CompBankerWallStreetOasis, At the request of Patrick and a few users, I have agreed to start an "Ask CompBanker" thread. The purpose is to share responses to my historical and future PMs with the community while keeping the question asker anonymous. Anyone is welcome to send me a PM or post below with a... 54 4 years 2 weeks
WSO Compensation SurveyPatrick, I think there is a glitch with the WSO Compensation Survey. The signup is appearing on the top of each and every page that loads. No one seems to know how to get rid of it (in chat). 3 4 years 2 months


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Fantastic post. A few months ago I shared my...Fantastic post. A few months ago I shared my story about how WallStreetOasis and unintentional networking has bolstered my career over the last six years. Anecdotal evidence that what Nefarious says is absolutely true. Here is the link: 211 4 weeks 9 hours
A 750 is no doubt a fantastic score, but you...A 750 is no doubt a fantastic score, but you still have some studying to do. I know a 48M = 82%, so I'm guessing a 46M is something in the 70-73% range. Given that the top schools expect to see at least 80% in both categories, I'd encourage you to increase your math before you go for the real... 106 3 months 1 week
You're definitely behind the 8-ball. With a high...You're definitely behind the 8-ball. With a high enough GMAT, i could see admissions folks partially forgiving your undergrad performance. I hope your profile is rock solid in other areas, be it sports, extra-curriculars, community service, etc. The situation sucks, but don't write yourself off... 329 9 months 4 days
Whiskey5: "ibleedexcel" wrote: I would be...[quote="Whiskey5"]"ibleedexcel" wrote: I would be careful to assume that top tier funds are the "ultimate career goal". There are lots of people that purposely move downstream from the megafunds (or avoid them altogether in the first place) to achieve a more healthy work/life balance. For many a 9... 17 1 year 6 days
To answer your questions: First Day will give you...To answer your questions: First Day will give you a much better picture of the students. Getting a formal campus tour and sitting in on a class is great, but it surely isn't the same as meeting the other admits who will be your classmates. Some very high percentage of First Day attendees end up... 30 1 year 3 weeks
Oh, and, the reason I brought NYU into the mix is...Oh, and, the reason I brought NYU into the mix is because, according to the P... 23 1 year 3 weeks
I do think Wharton is largely under-estimated on...I do think Wharton is largely under-estimated on the internet in terms of its PE prowess. I've been through Wharton's resume books. Many of the students come from powerhouse PE shops and have impressive backgrounds. These of the sorts of kids that are going to land the top notch PE jobs available (... 23 1 year 3 weeks
Indeed it does! Columbia 8 18 28 6 2 2 10 3 2 NYU...Indeed it does! Columbia 8 18 28 6 2 2 10 3 2 NYU 6 12 45 12 4 5 12 3 0 Now let's see the list for Chicago PE firms. Okay, my apologies. Sarcasm aside: I wouldn't be surprised if Columbia had better cumulative placement over the past 25 years at non Chicago-based PE funds.... 23 1 year 3 weeks
It's also the moral thing to do...It's also the moral thing to do... 4 1 year 3 weeks
Can't really help you. You should be at Stanford...Can't really help you. You should be at Stanford! I don't know much about the VC scene at Booth as I didn't participate in it. I know folks who have and were successful, but that would just be anecdotes and I have no stats to back it up. Look, VC recruiting is VERY hard. I'd argue harder than PE... 19 1 year 3 weeks
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