The Truth About Networking

Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/24/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click here.

From observing the general...

How I Get Top Grades in UG

Full disclosure: I'm currently a senior about to graduate in May, and unless I flunk every class this semester, I will leave with a 3.9 and summa cum laude honors from a public...

Lose Weight... and Profit? Maybe Not?

This new article by Leslie Kwoh of WSJ states that there's a correlation in perception between a slightly larger waistline and one's ability to perform in a leadershop position. Researchers have shown that people in general believe that being overweight is linked with inability to do one's job, a lack of physical (and mental) stamina, and a higher risk of getting sick/not showing up. Additionally, there's the obvious issue of lessened confidence, creating issues socially-- and all of these factors hurt one's chances of reaching the corner office.

To Be Good in Finance, You Have to...

I was recently invited to attend a presentation at a well-known middle market bank, where one of the managing directors gave a speech about the state of the finance industry. There were a few things mentioned which have been echoed numerous times on WSO: the industry and its compensation may never reach its peak again, technology and quants are playing a role in cutting jobs, and that things will get better, but slowly.

Are You "IBD or Bust"?

As much as I love Wall Street Oasis, I can't help but raise an eyebrow at how narrow some of the mindsets on this website are. I'm specifically talking about in regards to careers; obviously, this is a finance community-targeted website, but it seems unbelievable how many students go beyond " IBD or bust." There's literally been folks who've talked about becoming psychologically depressed or even near suicidal because they didn't get a callback or subsequent offer from some target banks. Others are willing to make extremely illogical moves (like racking up six figure debt to go to a tiny business school in an attempt to gain entrance into the finance world instead of simply networking) to reach "their goals."

Stories That Make Us Grateful

I read a book review in the Wall Street Journal this morning that really made me rethink my priorities. The book being profiled, entitled "Bend, Not Break" was written by Ping...

When Huge Returns Aren't What They Seem

In the WSJ article "How Huge Returns Mess With Your Mind," written by Jason Zweig , the author explains a major issue that investors face during great weeks like the one we just had. After the White House and Congress agreed on a new tax-and-spending package to avoid the fiscal cliff, huge gains were seen in all major markets: the S&P jumped 2.5%, the Russell 2000 index surpassed its all time high, and markets in China, Egypt and Finland rose by over 4%.

However, Zweig warns investors that they shouldn't extrapolate these gains, and to avoid further taking irregularly high risks in the pursuit of yield. He attributes this to a psychological flaw of the human mind in understanding compounding interest.

Are You the Right Smart for Business?

I once interned at an office with two other students. One of them was my age, hardworking, and extremely passionate. She told me she took on the internship in order to improve her chances at graduate school, to make connections, and because she was actually really interested in the assignments we worked on. She ended up becoming very close to our supervisor (same alma mater) and is currently on the road to accomplishing her goals. I would call her intelligent by all definitions of the world.

20's: Career vs. Relationships

I'm going to be undergoing a massive shift in lifestyle in about half a year; the cause: college graduation. The last 3.5 years have been a lovely roller coaster of papers, exams, drinking, and chasing tail. As I look forward, I realize that I'm going to actually have to adjust to being an "adult."

Stressed? Join the Club!

Finals week is awful for anybody in college. For most of us, weeks of procrastination and sleeping in class culminate in a chaotic 7-14 day period of angst and distress. Whether it's reading a 400 page physics textbook in 2 days or writing a 20 page research paper in an afternoon, I've seen my fellow classmates use their fear of failure to accomplish superhuman intellectual feats.