It's Friday folks, I'm a little bit burned out, and I didn't have any specific topic planned for this afternoon. So this post will be a little meta: a post praising WSO...on WSO!!!
Seriously, at some point this month -- I think in two weeks, but don't quote me on that -- I will reach my one year anniversary with WallStreetOasis. It's been a great run, and I owe the vast majority of my success -- small as it has been so far -- in the financial services industry to this site and its "regulars".
Throughout the past year, I've written over 70 articles, maintained a 5.4x SB/multiple (someone can spread the on every other author's ratios; I'm not that ambitious), and read some of the most hilarious things on the internet from posters and authors alike. In my professional life, I received a very solid investment banking offer -- again, due largely to WSO helping me get a foot in the door -- networked with a ton of people from the site, reviewed a bunch of resumes for other authors and , and learned a boatload throughout the entire process.
So what's the point of this thread? Two-fold: to thank the WSO community, and to recommend the internship programs that Patrick and Andy have carefully designed to people out there who are looking to get their foot in the door but haven't quite figured out a game plan yet. This should, irrevocably, be part of your game plan. No other way to say it: you'll learn about finance, you'll improve your networking skills dramatically, and you'll have access to a vast -- and quickly-growing -- database of resources to help you in the often-long quest to getting to where you want to be.
So, thanks WSO. Eddie, CompBanker, SirTrades, CaptK, TechBanker, TNA/ANT, and UFOInsider come to mind immediately as folks who dished out great advice, both through PMs and open threads.
But most importantly, potential future-you better be listening, working with Patrick and Andy has been awesome. Supervisors don't get better, because these guys always have your best interest in mind. Whenever you have a question about your work or are looking for advice about the industry, they don't just shoot back a quick e-mail...they really take time to figure out the best way to help you out, and that's truly exemplary.
If anyone out there has questions about the internship program, specifically with respect to writing, definitely get more info about it because writing skills are important in investment banking. I was asked more about my writing work during interviews than I was about modeling, truth be told. Glad to answer any questions about my experience writing for WSO through PM also.
Thanks guys. Have a great weekend.