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The Unfortunate Truth

apples38

I see a lot of people writing inspirational stories of networking and I just want to be honest with all the users on here. Those stories, are RARE. Everyone in my group goes to a target school, knew someone within the group, and/or has an insane story. Also, the group likes to recruit from its...

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Top 10 Undergrad, Top 10 MBA... Unemployed 3 months, 2 not great offers to decide between

NotFunEmployed

My story: - did a degree at a top 10 undergrad - a few years consulting at a small place focused on industry A - Went to top 10 <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> - Did internship in strategy for largecap firm in industry A - Switched to...

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Destroy my resume - ER FT

RandomWalkTheory

Hey everyone, Rising senior at a non-target looking to recruit <abbr title="equity research">ER</abbr> full-time and was looking to get my resume shit on. I'll also be sending it to a few <abbr title="investment banks">IBs</abbr> that I have...

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What's the biggest turnaround (personal or professional) you pulled off in your life, and how did you do it?

Fetty VWAP

Like the age-old cliche-but-quality interview question: "Tell me about a time you overcame adversity." Except you're pseudonymous on here and not battling HR. *Just saying.*...

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Right Next Step and Level: Director Corporate Strategy to either VC or PE

sash_sports

Background: IT consulting (4+ years )--> Top European MBA --> Strategy Consulting internships (10 months) --> Big 4 Consulting FT (~7 months) --> Top sports agency Europe (5+ years as Director). The current role focuses on business development, club and stadium commercialization (distressed and reg...

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What's your biggest bias?

YoungDumbFullOfRum

When interviewing candidates, what's your biggest bias? Can be pro or con any element of a profile... Personally, and this is petty I know, I always ask STEM students (incl. economics and finance) why they want to go into trading and how exactly they think their academic experience will add value. ...

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In which career (law, investment banking, consulting, or private equity) would there be the greatest chance to hit 7 fig comp?

nikhilkg02

I am currently a rising senior in high school. Before, I thought that I should pursue a career in law as I saw how partners in the AM50 are making good 7-figs and the career is relatively stable (once you are an associate, most will not be let go during the first 7 years, then a lot are asked to lea...

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Destroy my resume - ER FT

RandomWalkTheory

Hey everyone, Rising senior at a non-target looking to recruit ER full-time and was looking to get my resume shit on. I'll also be sending it to a few IBs that I have connections in aswell. (I'm saving the last time in the Debt fund for the final project this week)...

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Houlihan Lokey Corporate Finance NY vs Deutsche Bank Corporate Finance NY

Yingnan-Tian

Please help me decide. Which one has a better exit opportunity and culture?...

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Lost and need help finding my path!

BigBird17

Hi everyone, I am about to graduate in December 2019 from a good state school, majoring in accounting. My first internship was actually in supply chain for a very large, well known and respected company, and my 2 most recent internships were in tax, one in core tax and one in R&D Tax for a middle t...

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Medicare for All - Is it a bad idea to specialize in biopharma?

KingColonize

I'm watching the democratic primary debate, and a big topic of conversation seems to be upending "big pharma" and the current healthcare industry. With Biden supporting hard caps on pharmaceutical prices, Sanders & Warren supporting Medicare for all, and Kamala Harris supporting something in betwee...

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BIG4 Deal Advisory Cover Letter - Crush it

naut1c_1

Ok guys, so I am currently applying for a position and need honest opinions. Go fot it! To whom it may concern, I would like to express my interest in obtaining a (Junior) Consultant position with XXXXXX in XXXXXX. I became very interested in the position after speaking to XXXXXX, an XXXXX who spo...

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BlackRock Cover letter

rising millennial

Right now I am looking to apply for a 2016 Summer Analyst internship in equities at BlackRock. I have listed the primary location in my application as Philadelphia with my secondary location as New York. I was wondering if anyone knew who I should address my cover letter to. On LinkedIn, I found a V...

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JP Morgan Hirevue technical interview questions

bri1221

Hi, has anyone had any experience in JPM's technical video (Hirevue) interviews? I applied for their corporate analyst, tech connect and software engineer 2020 programs, and have so far received video interview invitations to the first two. I have good experience with SQL querying and have previou...

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Moving from academia to the real world

Cal15

I am currently enrolled at a non-target school in the southeast as a master of science in finance candidate. Through undergrad, and even now, my work ethic has been impeccable. I have earned several merit based scholarships for both finance and real estate. I completed undergraduate majors in both...

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Would a S&T offer be good for leveraging a boutique IB offer?

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Why insurance companies are bad for a finance career

wsoutliner

Sorry for asking this question which definitely exposed my outliner's nature. But I'm really curious why insurance isn't counted as a serious financial product, apart from equity, debt, commodities and FX? And why my ibank friends hate insurance guys. Is it because they always try to sell insurance ...

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Which is Which

BigBird17

Hi everyone, I am going to attempt to make the transition form accounting to finance. (Have had several accounting internships, and am graduating with an accounting major soon). I was wondering if someone could advise me on which would be a better starting point as I have offers from accounting fir...

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Second follow up/reiterate my interest?

ebitdamnnn

I had an ER superday last Monday. I thought the interview went very well. Part of the interview was a discussion on a writing sample/case study I submitted before the superday. All three senior folks commented on how polished my work and research approach was. The VP of equity research walked me out...

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How screwed are international students now?

123...

To WSOer's working in investment banks on the west coast, Have your policies towards internationals changed in the recent light of things? The TN Visa is under scrutiny, but the H1B visa (and H1B1/E3 visa) has not changed. I'm an international recruiting for the SA 2019 cycle, and just wanted to ...

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WTF does HR do all day long?

prnz

A group that is trying to hire me has been waiting on HR to authorize adding a staffer for over a week. Why does it take HR so long to make a simple yes/no decision? Serious question. ...

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Looking for teammates to solve product management case challenges

Vikas-Kumar1

I'm an incoming part-time MBA student at NYU, and looking to go into product management. Worked in investment banking for a couple years, but now interested in tech. And given my limited (self-taught) coding experience, product management seems to be the best way to break in. Thing is, I have 0 pro...

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BMO Trading Products 2020 NYC

Shaikshack

Wanted to start up this thread. Was wondering if anyone heard back yet from last week’s round of interviews?...

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Advice for non-target school liberal arts major.

tjsuh1211

Hello good morning and good night from wherever you are, I am seeking some advice. I am an incoming history major at Pepperdine University, how do I find an investment banking or finace internship with a relatively easy major from a non-target school. Even though I am really passionate about histor...

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Big 4 tax to FP&A

Doyoudo911

Hi All, Im looking to switch out of the tax industry into the FP&A world and trying to determine the best route. Facts: Worked at a top 10 CPA firm for 4 years in tax in financial services. I took a lateral move into big 4 tax last December (this December will be 1 year) for a huge bump in pay, ...

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Perspectives on Career Path with Capital Markets Analyst Position

EstimatedProfit

Howdy Yawl, Just another kid looking for some advice on what to do with his life. I'm a recent MSF graduate from a semi-target school currently interning at a small boutique buyout fund focusing on healthcare M&A. I've been tossing resumes out here and there trying to line something up for after t...

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High school senior interested in finance. How would I go about getting any sort of finance internship for the summer?

gthhfyufyuf

Before you all start flaming me, I get that I'm probably not going to land anything because I have 0 connections. And I'm fine with that, I'll just get a normal teen job and rest up before college. However, I'm still pretty undecided on whether I truly want to pursue finance and I would love any sor...

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Direct Lending SA 2020

MCity17

Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew of any direct lending firms that have SA programs and what their recruiting timeline looks like? Thanks for the help. -New WSO user...

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Finding Summer Internships Starting In July

Brolumbia

I'm a rising junior and I'm going to be in Australia for a study abroad this summer. Since school starts in early March there I would not be able to come back to the United States until late June. Since I do not have any formal finance experience beforehand I was wondering if there where any firms...

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List of numerical and verbal tests (BB Recruiting)

above_and_beyond

Hey I'm planning to apply for offcycle internships at the BBs (London and continental Europe) and I was wondering what tests to expect at the different banks. I will update the opening post regularly so that all the info is easy to find for everyone. _Updated_ GS [no online test, maybe a written...

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Corp Dev > MSF > IB Analyst

Chicken_Mas

Hi Guys, Non-Taregt 3.3 GPA I am currently a first year M&A analyst for a large healthcare company. I am looking to make the switch from Corp Dev to IB. I was wondering your thoughts on if getting into the best MSF program would be a good move to leverage into IB. Quite frankly I don't think I can...

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Wells Fargo FAP Corporate Banking Energy (Exploration and Production)

wso1604

Has anyone been through this program or a similar one with WF Corporate Banking? I've seen some similar threads about WF FAP but a lot of them are dated. Can someone whose been through the program give some feedback and insight into the structure of the program? How many people typically are in the ...

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Big 4 Audit vs. LMM Boutique Finance

CareerConundrum

I was fortunate enough to receive two full-time offers and am a bit stuck on which one to choose. I am attending a semi-target with a business undergrad graduating next year. One of the offers is your typical audit staff accountant position with a big 4. The other is with a boutique PE finance firm...

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Going into an interview with limited info

BankerForNow

I was approached via LinkedIn a week and a half ago by the VP of HR from a privately held (PE backed) company in the sector I work in about a new Corporate Development Manager position within their company. We set up a call last Friday which was your traditional screening call, however she could not...

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A Helping Hand to Humanities Students

YoungDumbFullOfRum

Hey WSO, I've been a lurker on the site for a while and only recently posted my first discussion thread. One thing I've noticed - other than, of course, the site's immense usefulness and the general goodwill of its community - is the lack of advice specifically targeting humanities students look...

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Interviewing for Elliot Partners new insurance business, whole loan and reperforming resi mortgages case study

gubberqj

Hi All, I am about to interview for a position with Elliot's insurance business and there will be a whole loan purchase or reperforming loan purchase case study. I believe we will be focusing on residential assets. This will be in London. Any case studies or materials people could share?...

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RMD GS - London - What's it really like?

NNNNZ

Hi, I've been reading a lot of the previous threads discussing the GS RMD division, however was wondering if anyone has any experience with the London office? I'm really interested in this division and was wondering if it's challenging and interesting, or whether it's very repetitive. I was also won...

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I'm a rising senior who struck out on recruiting at an undergraduate B-School. What are my options?

TheLongWay

I am entering the final year of my undergraduate education at a respectable business school (think Villanova/BC/UMich), and have no real path in sight. I was passed on by essentially every bank or Big 4 that recruits on campus, and am weighing my options. The current front runner is to shoot for an ...

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What's the best route for a career in Fintech?

WeisM

Current sophomore in college looking to get into the financial technology (fintech) industry. What's the best route post graduation? IB? going straight to a fintech company? IB seems the most attractive due to skills and networking but I'm not sure if this is correct. Any insight is appreciated, th...

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Geneva Trading Junior Trader Assessment

Jim Simons

Hi All, I received an email from Geneva Trading to complete a Junior Trader Assessment, does anyone have experience on what the assessment involves? Thank you...

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Sophomore Year Plan

parmesan123123

Hello, I am an incoming sophomore at a target school majoring in economics with a 3.9 GPA. I was a premed chemistry major last year and upon doing further career exploration I decided that a career in finance/consulting is what I want to pursue. (I'm not dead set on a particular industry yet) My...

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If you could take off six months (don't worry about the details) to work at any nonprofit, which would it be and why?

Bubba-

Title says it all. Don't worry about the finances, assume you can do the function you want in a reasonable lateral (e.g., not the CEO tomorrow) and just assume you can return to your current job when the six months is over. In a nutshell: don't worry about the specifics, just think about: If you co...

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4.0 at Harvard but zero financial background

RedMonarch

Hello! I never thought I would be posting on here as a strictly humanities type, but on a whim I started researching summer analyst applications and realized I would actually really enjoy the work experience and environment. I'm a rising sophmore at Harvard with strong research, data analysis and wo...

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Rising sophomore, 2.9 GPA - am I screwed?

iridescent

Hey guys, I'm attending a target ivy and just completed my Freshman year; long story short I ended the year with a 2.91, and feeling a bit lost. Hell, I was even late with scoping out internships (I started gaining an interest in finance well into my second semester, started seriously looking in M...

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No response after final interview

tsk1682

I interviewed for a VC analyst position last Wednesday, got an email from the MD asking for references on Thursday and I sent those in Friday. He responded last Friday fairly quickly to that email saying he wouldn't contact them until a decision was made and ended it with "talk soon". I followed up ...

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Layoff - Outsourced Overseas

WolfofWSO

So I just got told that my job (along with many others on my team) is going overseas to a country with a lower cost of employment. It hurts as I've been on this team for years through thick and thin, stress and fun, laughs and problems; whatever. I have until the end of the year on their payroll, ...

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CFA w/o any degree

Lucky92

Hi All, Apologies in advance for any repetitiveness in my below question. I’m interested in sitting for the CFA Level 1 exam. Based on the current requirements of the CFA program, I qualify with my 5+ years of professional experience. However, that experience is from the FinTech space. I’d l...

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Why do you want to work on Wall Street?

JohnD

For those of you interested in a job on Wall Street... why? I'm doing research for a book and am very interested to know why bright, young minds are still being drawn to Wall Street. Did the 2008 financial crisis impact your decision (positively/negatively)? Do the recent measures to cap pay make ...

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BB IB -> FO NFL/NHL/NBA

Stringer Bell

Other than mad hook ups, does anyone have any insight on how you'd break into a front office position after IB? ...

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The power of WHY

earthwalker7

Time and again I see this ... our success is determined by the size of our WHY. (insert size joke here) A close friend of mine started an energy savings company 10 years ago. His WHY was saving the world by reducing energy use, one person at a time. They built the tech around this - got VC, built a...

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How to decide which industry to go into?

WeisM

Hello, rising sophomore looking to get into finance with currently ZERO background. How did you decide between the different industries out there (IB RE, AM, etc.)? What resources, articles, websites gave you the best idea of each and how did you make your decision? Asking because I want to apply fo...

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Global Transaction Services - BAML

HardoAlert

I have an interview coming up with BAML's Global Banking and Market's Global Transaction Services team. I'd appreciate any details of the job, compensation info, or exit opps, interview advice, etc. I've seen alot of talk on WSO about Citi's GTS group, but not as much about BAML's and would greatly ...

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Evercore Modeling test for lateral hire at associate leve;

rookiewallstreeter

Guys, Has anyone taken a modeling test at Evercore recently? I have one next week and they have asked me to come in for 3 hours but haven't told me any details. Can anyone share their experiences and if possible, give an example of the test. Its a 3 hour test, so I think it would be much more detai...

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Hardest Behavioral Questions You've Been Asked

SECBanker

I've seen the thread with the hardest interview questions that was a great resource. However, I wanted to ask you fellows what is the Hardest or most interesting behavioral questions you've either been asked or heard about?...

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Is the Hiring Process Broken?

isa2130953

An Amazon recruiter said that his stats were: 3,500 job applications, 50 phone interviews, 8 onsite interviews and ONLY 3 full-time offers. A lot of people say this is a broken system, while others say that 8 interviews to 3 hires is a great conversion. The real issue here is the 3500 job applicat...

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Valuation Advisory at Small Firm or CRE Analyst Program at BB

Ddraper14

Hello all, I'm currently in BO and have been reading WSO for a little over a year trying to learn as much as I could to break out of BO. I think I have two pretty good offers to do that now one is as a valuations analyst at a boutique advisory firm with potential exposure to PE deals. The other...

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How Long to Hear back from Goldman Sachs after an Interview?

analyst2b

I recently went on a job interview at GS for as a lateral hire. I was scheduled to meet with two people, one was a VP the other an associate. The interview lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes. After finishing speaking with the second person he went to see if one or two of the other people was...

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Is F100 really a lot better than non-IB/S&T BB Finance Positions?

recruitingstudent

Is F100 really a lot better than non-IB/ST BB Finance Positions? Most people at my school consider Financial Analyst and Rotational Programs at F100 companies (Verizon, 3M, P&G, Microsoft, J&J) to be great jobs out of undergrad. Great work-life balance, great brand name, interesting work, and stro...

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Applying to Companies as Sophomore without Intention of Pursuing Next Summer

electivevegetables

I'm in a strange scenario, where I realized that I don't want to try for a finance internship next summer, but for the summer of 2021 instead. I've heard, however, that it might still be good to apply, as that shows "demonstrated interest". However, I'm not really well prepared for interviews (even ...

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What should I do with my summer?

AquaBrook

Hi everyone, Relatively new here but didn't know where to put this. So, I'm starting my final year in October, so that gives me around 3 months off. I'm interested in IBD, but failed to get an internship this year, hence, I'm looking to apply next year at a few firms. Obviously, I wanted to do so...

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SEO 2019

LongOnly99

Anyone here a 2021 grad in SEO? I am on the markets track and interested in discussing with anyone who is on this path or a similar one. ...

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HF Middle Office Product Control vs PE Fund Accounting

Clown1234

Hey Everyone Got 2 offers on hand. Come from Big 4 Accounting with a little less than 1 yr of experience. 1. Global HF (40b AUM) - middle Office product control team (help PM’s resolve P&L issues on a daily basis) All in 100k first yr, heavy on base salary but a little low on bonus. 2. Global...

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Job recommendations for not so great communicators

fomo120

Hey guys, Interested in hearing thoughts on jobs/career paths that involve no external communication (e.g. clients, outside vendors, etc.). I am ok with internal communications with co-workers, managers in my current operations role but am more interested in researchy positions that mainly involve...

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Work experience or Masters? (EU/Greece/Germany)

CommadantCipher

Hi guys and gals, I'm a university graduate from Greece. I studied Maritime Studies (i.e. Business Administration for Shipping), graduated in 2017. After my compulsory military service in the Greek Army (Jan - Oct 2018) and 5 months of unemployment I landed an internship in the German Parliament, w...

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Job Hunting - HELP - Need Advice! Lost and not sure what to do next

Venturepapi

Hey all, Currently on the interview circuit and having a little bit of a challenging time with it. Have a bit of an untraditional path and would appreciate any help in finding my footing on what to be doing next. Ideally i'd love to be working as an associate in VC but thats realistically not goi...

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Career change from government econometrics to finance

hutchins

New to WSO. Sorry, but here goes another "change careers" question. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My background is in government consulting. Specifically, I do econometric analysis for policy impacts (a lot of Stata work, but not just a Stata monkey). I have a top 10 undergrad degree in ...

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I'm 26 and rebranding... what's my play?

atlastheman

I'm 26 and married (important point for later). My undergrad is in Organizational Leadership with an average GPA from non-target private school. My past work experience is being a legal assistant while in undergrad, working as a mid-level director at a large but local non-profit, and most recently w...

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WashU and I-Banking 2019

3.1.Lead

I recently toured WashU (rising senior in HS here) and fell in love with all it had to offer whether it came to business, research, cross-majoring, etc. However, I have become interested with WashU Olin and investment banking in 2019 (many forums in the past are from 2013 and before and they were qu...

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