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What are some good questions to ask while networking?I try and go to as many conferences as possible, Meetup groups, and have even scored some coffee sit-downs with some interesting people. A problem I tend to run in to is I don't know what kinds of questions I should be asking. I try and do the obvious, get them talking about themselves, ask about th...
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what have your strategies been to land an internship?Also, please answer these questions if you can , or say what you would rather do in such a situation? GPA below 3.2, No work experience, Just a couple of internships in finance, International student in US in a two tire school. How to find a job or even an internship?...
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PwC Investigative and Deal Accounting Analytics Experienced AssociateHello. Recently I have a full-time interview opportunity for PwC Investigative and Deal Accounting Analytics Experienced Associate (ADV_Forensic). From my research, this group is focused on providing consulting to client with regards to technology (Altery, tableau, and etc) for Forensic and Cyber....
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Do Companies Ask for your Transcript to Check Your GPA?Do the HR of BB's check your college transcript to make sure you aren't a liar? Does anyone know of anyone who played this little game of gpa inflation and actually got in the door, despite how its completely unethical and a misrepresentation that may get found out? Is It Okay to Lie About your GP...
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Drug Testing Potential Summer AnalystsOk, so a really quick and random question. Are drug tests used when hiring summer analysts? Wall Street Drug Test When preparing to go through the recruitment process with a bank you should be prepared to take a drug test. A bank has the right to drug test for employment. If you are drug tested it ...
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Career StartI am currently working in PwC Pakistan. I am thinking of moving to any professional firm in UK. What are the benefits of moving to UK and take a next step in my career over there?...
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beyond bored - can't even motivate to change jobs againYou guys ever feel mindlessly bored? I do. I'm so bored at this job. Everyone keeps chasing PE - but boggles my mind as to why. I'd change jobs, but what to? After 10 years of this nonsense, not sure where to go next. Consulting maybe?...
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Month into my new job and I hate itI recently graduated and took a role in a F500 pricing group. I originally was going for FP&A but they offered me this role and made it sound interesting, so I decided to accept it. I’m now a month in and hate it. It isn’t even exactly “pricing” it’s more contract compliance. All the w...
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I hate the living sh*t out of my job as a current salesman. I hate sales with a burning passion. I need out. Please help.Hi everyone. I currently work for a top tech company (think IBM/Salesforce/Oracle/CISCO) selling SaaS and high-tech enterprise software. My base salary is $60k and last year, I made around $100k before taxes with commission. I'm 26 years old, and have been working in sales for 1.5 years. My job is i...
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How to make a good Linkedin profileThere was a great post on cringe-worthy Linkedin profiles recently. https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/cringeworthy-linkedin-profiles but what's the flip? How do you guys construct good Linkedin profiles to maximize job-getting potential?...
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Transition from audit/controlling to investments sphereHi, I would like to get advice on how to transit to corporate finance/ m&a or other investment related function while still benefiting from my previous experience. I have 5 years experience in audit in Big4 as well as gained 2 years experience in fund controlling. I am a member of ACCA and recently ...
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I am frustrated (First post ever) Profile: Undergrad student in Germany No academic background (family site) Mom and dad are immigrants GPA: ...
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How much job hopping is too much job hopping?Hi all, I am currently still with the same company I came out of undergrad with ( a little over a year ago) but want to make a move. I am working in back office finance at a bank but want to make a transition to the corporate banking/more client focused side of things. From conversations, it seems ...
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TS to IBThere have been plenty of threads regarding jumping from TS to IB. However, I wanted to ask some follow up questions. 1) What are the chances of getting into an elite boutique IB or BB (not MM) from TS(think A&M, Duff&Phelps, etc)? 2) How does the jump from IB to PE/HF work and what are the chance...
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Would a CFA expand Commercial Banking exit opps?Monkeys, I'm currently a first-year credit analyst at a commercial bank (~$15b in assets) and I'm considering registering for June 2019 CFA L1. I'm curious if anyone has any insight into how passing the L1 would expand my exit opps. I'm aware that CB to IB is rare/difficult but I'm hoping I'll be a...
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Econ + CS undergradHi, i wanted to know if it was a good idea to get both an Econ BD and a CS BD. Since i am about to finish my economics studies, i was thinking about doing computer science in two years full time. Would that make me a better candidate for a quant position? or even for IB? (i know IB does not require ...
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How To Speed Up Skill Acquisition?As the analyst/associate recruiting cycle reaches its conclusion for some firms and is about a few months away. For others, the capacity to acquire new skills and learn new concepts and ideas becomes all the more significant. In the context of financial services and particularly IB, IM and PE, the a...
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Need help deciding offers I'm deciding between 3 different offers and I would like some outside opinion. Offer 1 -- 2nd-tier mid-size lodging company, sr. FP&A: Will be supporting the revenue & expense side, along with traditional FP&A responsibilities. Pay is roughly the same as offer 3 with a very easy commute. Offer ...
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Societe Generale Markets vs Prudential CIOHey everyone! I recently received an offer from Societe Generale as a markets summer analyst and would most likely be on their equity derivatives trading or commodities teams. I also have an offer from Prudential in the CIO position and can choose between Global portfolio management Group, Alternati...
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Should I make the jump or waitHi guys. I need help evaluating an offer. I recently received an offer in equity research from a lower mm bank in the south. I’ve currently got 1+ year work experience in fixed income. I’ve gotten looks and final rounds from BB and MM banks in nyc for ER. I like the analyst, but idk if this is t...
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Senior better off applying FT or SA/Intern?Would it be smarter for a senior to apply for a full-time position or go for an internship that I could possibly leverage into a FT position. Non-target, 3 summers of internships. 1 buy side, 1 sell-side, 1 investor relations....
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Need help with choosing between two job offersI recently got two job offers which are both appealing to me. Need you guys advices to help me make a decision. First a little background about myself. Bachelor and master in Accounting. I am a CPA and passed CFA level 1. I started my career in a local firm doing assurance engagements for about 3 ye...
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Winning Women Oct 2018 for 2019 InternshipHad a phone interview for Winning Women exactly a week ago... the event is next week... did anyone hear back yet about the Superday?...
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Target/Semi-target Junior Undergrad w/ 3.5 GPA no luck landing Consulting interviews, what to do?I am a junior studying in a top 20 uni's b-school w/ 3.5 GPA majoring in management/marketing. Applied to many 2nd tier firms/big 4, no interview, not to mention 1st tier firms. I have had 4 internship experiences, 2 of them being at a 1st tier consulting firm in Asia and a well-known market researc...
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Working in a stock exchangeHi guys, Does anyone know/have experience working in a stock exchange? Doesn't have to be in the US or any specific country; I'm just really interested in what did you do there and how it helped you understand the financial markets better. I suppose it will be quite beneficial if you're interested ...
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Wells Fargo FAP 2019I just got done with the phone interview, Incase anyone is wondering it was mostly behavioral (centered around team questions) and then was asked about the 3 financial statements and what they are used for, also was asked what other resources I would use when analyzing a company. But anyways they t...
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Networking: Analysts vs Associates vs MDsWhether you 're sending cold emails, attending networking calls, coffee chats, networking events, is it better to reach out to Analysts, Associates, or even higher level people? Now, before any of you say: "Well MDs....no shit". I already know that the general answer is that connecting with MDs or...
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Looking for a better career in financeI have been working in the finance industry for about 14 years or so. I have a bachelors and master degree in finance and I have my 7, 63 and 66. My jobs have been in customer support - placing trade for clients. To wealth management - helping financial advisors create proposals, performance reports...
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Specifics about Applying to InternshipsDuring an introductory seminar held in Paris that aimed to provide an overview of the whole London BB internship application landscape, hosted by a company specializing in helping its clients (typically undergraduate business school students) secure internship positions in BB IBD FO and in managemen...
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3.6 junior from Ivy but not ready for case interviews?I don't feel prepared for consulting interviews this round. What type of internship should i get in meantime to build somewhat relevant experience while preparing for next year? Would something like business analyst or supply chain operations look fine?...
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Not a Paid InternshipI recently just got a new internship, this is my fifth internship. I don't really need the experience, but I am a part-time student and I thought the more experience the merrier & I can use the money. I was only looking for paid opportunities and on the application, it said it was a paid internship...
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Work experience related interview questionsI’ve been trying to figure out what kinda questions an interviewer would ask me when they read my CV. Last time I got “I see that you worked in xxx sector before (that was almost three years ago), how was that?” and “how do you think about this analysis you did relate to (a completely rand...
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Transitioning from Consulting to FinanceLooking to get some advice on how to approach a career switch. I graduated this past May from a semi-target and started in a consulting role this past July. Its a financial services consulting firm and while the role may be interesting for some, I don't find the environment or work we do as intellec...
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Upenn Engineering and Hedge Funds/Asset Management RecruitingHello WSO monkeys, The below questions are meant to be in the scope of hedge funds AND asset manager recruitment (either or). 1. What is the hedge fund recruiting like for UPenn engineering grads (if any)? 2. What sort of firms do recruit from there? Or any other experiences from UPenn engineering...
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STAFF ACCOUNTANT FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY TRADING FIRMInternational Commodity Trading Firm seeks Staff Accountant. 1+ year experience. Quickbooks. NY Metro. Westchester George Stein, +1 646 205-3557, +1 917 545-9850 [email protected] commoditytalent.com...
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Resources for studentsI work in career development for a non-target b-school. Our finance majors typically don't take their first finance class until second semester sophomore year. With the deadline for internship applications moving earlier and earlier, I think this puts our students interested in IB at a competitive d...
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Round up my GPA?I got overall 3.47 GPA on my transcript - can I round this up to 3.5? I also got 4.0 on my dissertation - can I include that as a separate bullet point on my resume?...
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Best sites for London based job hunting?So I have a few searches set up on Linkedin and Indeed but what other sites would you recommend? Primarily looking for trading/hedge fund roles....
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Recent Graduate, can't find job in bankingHi all, I'm a recent graduate from a 2nd tier target with a 3.9 gpa in economics. I have internships in consulting and on the buy-side and have EC's. I screwed the pooch during my senior year recruiting and barely applied anywhere...I took the first job I found on my school's career portal, which i...
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mutual fund Internal wholesaler interview I have an interview for an internal wholesaler position later this week with a mutual fund company. I have a strong understanding of the firms products and services. Just wanted to see if anyone has any advice for what to expect for an internal wholesaler position. Any feedback is greatly apprecia...
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Army veteran, passed CPA, CFA level2, seeking advice to break into investment industry.Greetings to all. I wish to break into the finance industry. And I am genuinely seeking some guidance for my job search. I got out of the army recently. While I was looking for opportunities in the finance industry, I found it extremely difficult to find even an entry level investment analyst po...
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Renege and Lose Two Offers?Important consequences of reneging have been discussed on the forums, however, not all have been talked about in detail. Specifically, I came across a couple incomplete threads that mentioned people losing two offers as a result of recruiting and accepting with a company after they had already sign...
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Low Ball Offer? CRAJust got an offer for one of the big 3 CRA's first year analyst programs. Feel like it's way below market average, but just wanted to confirm. 68k w/ no bonuses. ...
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Big4 Accounting to IB - financial modelling course?Hello - I'm attempting the fun transition from Big4 accounting to IB in Canada. I've networked with the Canadian banks and a couple of BBs and am confident that I can land an interview for an analyst position. One of the recruiters recommended that I do a financial modelling course (BIWS or WSP) t...
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Career advice for a hard working mom!Hello all, I spent a good amount of hours searching the forums for an answer... didn't get any and decided to ask you for help. My case is very peculiar... I have a previous career in the medical field (optometry) - It was not my thing, always hated. After getting married and having 2 kids, decid...
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Low gpa IvyIn the midst of recruiting and my 3.3 gpa at an ivy league school seems like it's hurting me as I haven't gotten interviews yet. What should I do, network hard or just look for something else? What industry would look more favorably at me....
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Second Chance Success StoriesAnyone here ever crash and burn on the job and then build a successful career in a second effort afterward? ...
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Looking for Real Estate Investment opportunties in NYC - Associate / Senior Analyst level; Any ideas?Looking for advice on how to get into the NYC real estate game. Currently out in California in a primary market working as an Associate for a fund that is the US RE arm of a foreign IB for the past year. Prior experience was 3 years in AM for a public REIT on the east coast. Total experience post un...
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What are the odds of getting off a waitlist?Had a superday a while back and still havent had a decision. HR says that I should hear back by November. Are the odds of getting off a waitlist usually high?...
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Job market for finance majors?I'm currently a liberal arts major and I noticed that I am wasting time. I did some research on finance and was interested in changing my major. The problem is my community college has a major under financial management, I was thinking about doing accounting my aunt is a CPA and I find it boring. I ...
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Looking for nontraditional finance career path ideasHello, and thank you for reading. I am looking to start a career in money management, but I don't think I am well suited for any of the traditional career paths, so I'm looking for ideas about how to get started in the industry. About me: **Basic situation** 28 years old. Graduated from one of the...
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INCENTRUM GROUP - what is a MERCHANT BANK and what should I prepare for interview?Hey Monkeys, I have an interview coming up with Incentrum Group, a merchant bank in NY. There is almost no information online (not even a single glassdoor review..) and I have zero experience with merchant bank interviews. Can someone please shed some light on what the group is about (or merchant...
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Putting previous CAREER experience in CV?Hi, everyone! As the tittle suggests, i wanted to ask you if it was a good idea to put my previous exp. from a different career path, this one being advertising. I was not a summer intern, and this was not a one time job. I went out as an Art Director after working for almost five years in the fiel...
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Leaving first job in less than a year?This past May I graduated and moved for a job that’s about 5.5 hours away from where I went to school and grew up. Right now I’m working for a F200 Biotech company as a financial analyst. The main reason I took the job is because I come from an ultra non-target. Our career fairs consisted of re...
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Healthcare / Biotech Venture Capital?Curious about what kind of candidates healthcare and biotech-focused VCs look for. It seems like many partners have a Ph.D or an MBA - how necessary is that? I’m certainly aware there isn’t just one path. For context, I am a graduating senior and deciding between three offers in MBB consulting...
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Nonprofit to IBWhile I was studying finance at the University of Nebraska, I assumed that I would be entering into ordained ministry for my church and did not pursue internship experience. After spending a year in a nonprofit missionary organization on a university campus in New York following graduation, I have c...
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Developer working in "Finance" wishing to work in FinanceFirst time caller, long time listener. I'm a C# developer (Python too) who works at a big Bank in NYC. For the longest time I thought I worked in Finance until I realized - I fell into the IT Housekeeping role, working with the back office (Master Custody) doing shit that offers no challenge. My tit...
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How to Enter into M&A?Hey all, So I've seen loads of forums on how to enter into IB, PWM, S&T, etc. I have yet to come across anything that specifically talks about how to market yourself and search for jobs in Mergers & Acquisitions. As a rising junior student at a non-target (CC transferred to Pace's Lubin School of B...
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Offers - MM IB or Family OfficeHi, Currently at a boutique bank and recently got two offers: one generalist analyst role at a MM IB and the other is at a family office doing growth equity investments, both in the same tier one city so COL would be the same and comp is nearly identical. I am torn on if I should take the IB offer...
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Networking at a Career Fair When the company you're interning for is thereI'm in grad school right now and have just started working as an intern for a commercial real estate investment company. Even though I just started this week, I absolutely love the job, but it's only scheduled until May. No mention has been made as to whether or not they are looking for an intern to...
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How did you find a job in another city?How many of you have been able to find a job in another city or region without any ties upfront like family? Can't quite figure out what's a good reason other than saying for the job opportunity itself, if I even get interviewed. I'm looking to leave my city, been here a while and pretty fed up wit...
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What is Recruitment Like From the Inside?As the questions states, ###What is Recruitment Like From the Inside? For those who were in a fraternity/sorority in college, is it comparable to Greek Life recruitment?...
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Exit Ops: BB Portfolio -> CFA L2 -> CRA TMT -> ?I am reevaluating my career path, any input and advice would be appreciated. How are the exit opportunities for a CFA level 3 candidate working in corporate credit ratings at a CRA for the TMT industry (masters/MBA position with client and c-suite interaction)? Prior to this, I worked a few years a...
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Anyone heard about BlackRock's FIG/ICB?From what I see on LinkedIn, it seems sort of like a sales/relationship type of work and there does not seem to be that many exit opps as 80% of what I see stay in the group? Or is that how BlackRock is in general? ...
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Networking events important? Choosing between Bain, MS and BlackrockI have received three invitations for networking event at Bain, MS and Blackrock and would like to hear your inputs. MS and Blackrock is normal networking event at their company, where Bain is a boat party which sounds cool af. Unfortunately they all lie on the same day, which I guess is not a coin...
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Luxembourg SalariesAnyone here working in Luxembourg on analyst/associate level in finance or real estate and could point to some resources or indicate anchor numbers?...
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Sophomore Looking to intern in AM or PWMHi I'm a Sophomore at a Target School looking to work in at local AM or PWM firm in the DC area. I'm wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and wondering what did they do to secure an internship given most firms don't actually have an online application....
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What grade system should I use while applying? Hi guys, I'm currently a student in Spain, coming from a non target and I'm just about to start my sophomore year. My grades right now are "7.92/10". Should I put "Second-class honours" instead in my application for Spring Weeks? My thoughts are that maybe it will give me better results given that ...
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Recently founded quant trading firmsI was wondering if we could compile a list of newer quantitative trading firms (defined as being founded in the last 5 or so years). I'll start with one that I know of: Vatic Labs. ...
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Jobs with MBS exposure?I'm trying to get into the MBS sphere of finance and was hoping to cover all my bases. For companies I should be targetting: Capital Markets, BB S&T, Other banks S&T insurance?, mortgage REITs, some HF's? Any insight is greatly appreciated....
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State Street Professional Development ProgramCan anyone talk about what State Street's Professional Development Program (PDP) is like? I've heard it's a rotational program that starts new employees off at Sr. Associate level with a lot of benefits/great pay? Anything else?...
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International Student OPT --- "Directly Related To Your Major"International student here. I'm a computer science + math (not applied math) double major. I'm afraid that my major can't get me OPT and H1B in the future since "Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study." All the int...
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Anyone heard of Waterfall Asset ManagementHow's this firm? I know they specialize in ABS and non-performing loan investment. Any comment will be appreciated! ...
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How to Weigh the Pros and Cons of Certain CareersHey everyone, I'm new to this site, and figured I should post for the first time. I'm a freshman at Villanova, and am thinking about where I want to end up in my career after college. Considering nowadays you have to start networking in elementary school to get into BB IB's, I figured I'd start rea...
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Screwed Up - How Badly?Hey Everyone, Although I have my resume saved as FirstNameLastName_Resume.pdf, I had always saved my cover letters as Company_Cover_Letter.pdf. How big of a screw-up/ding is this for me? My friend told me that this is a big no-no. I think that the actual content of my cover letter template is qui...
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"Send me a Resume anytime"The other day I went to a networking event and met a handful of people in the industry I'm interested in breaking into. In one of my thank you emails, I mentioned that I would be interested in an internship at a firm and the recipient replied saying that we should stay and touch and that I should se...
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Need help, I lied. Alright everybody, I get it. I am an asshole. I am sorry. I am never doing this again. I lied about my GPA. BB is asking for a transcript. I have three options: 1: tell them I wrote my major GPA instead of my cumulative GPA by mistake (which is true) 2: fake transcript 3: send transcript in and ho...
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HELP: Realized I forgot to submit section of application (transcripts)Okay, so I'm a sophmore at a semi-target and I applied for a job last week at a big finance firm (see name) and got an interview. They asked for an unofficial transcript, and I took a screenshot of my grades, which I submitted in my app. However, only took a screenshot of my first-year Fall/Winter ...
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Morgan Stanley's Global Entertainment and Sports DivisionHas anyone become a part of this division? If so, what route did you take to get there? I'm trying to not waste time at unapplicable companies. ...
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Has anyone heard of The Voleon Group? What's their reputation/culture like?Based on my conversation with an employee working there, it's a solely quantitative strategy based hedge fund located interestingly enough in Berkeley, California of all places. Can anyone speak to the reputation of the firm and/or what the general culture + fit is perceived as?...
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Morgan Stanley Digital Interview?Has anyone ever taken the Morgan Stanley digital interview? I applied for a FA position with them not too long ago, did well enough in the exams they put you through and now they have me taking a digital interview. What should I expect to be asked?...
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good GPA vs double-majorCurrently a freshman at a semi/non-target school. Not sure exactly what field I want to go into yet, but I am planning on majoring in finance and computer science. I have heard from many people that GPA is crucial, but it is far more difficult to get a good GPA in computer science classes than most ...
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US Off Cycle Internship at RBS or UBS?Are these possible in the United states? Would I have to try and network with bankers or just straight up ask HR? Is it even worth trying for an off cycle at the larger banks?...
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Break into Private Banking in ZurchHi all, I come from corporate & IBD M&A background in Asia(around 5 years of experience in total), but I realize I want to transit into more client facing roles such as private banking relationship management. I personally do not enjoy the work of pure analyzing at desks and want to do more sales/c...
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Freshman Summer Internship AdviceHi, I'm a first-year student looking for insight about internships for summer 2019. What kind of roles should I be targeting now if my ultimate goal is IB? I have been researching marketing/finance internships at f500s, MM PE/VC roles, internships with AM firms, and BB PWM (I hear most of the wor...
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Getting into Investment Banking lateHey guys, I'm currently going into 3rd year at a nontarget Canadian university studying Finance (my school is mostly known for our accounting program & consulting exit ops). I hadn't really known what I wanted to do till this summer but want to get into IB now. Background: - My GPA is not competiti...
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Moving into Investment Sales?So as the title says, I'm interested in potentially moving into Investment Sales, with no preference towards switching firms or staying at the one I work for now. I'm currently an analyst in Asset Management (the back-end of lending kind of asset management - inspections, financial analysis, transac...
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Moving from a MO function (risk/finance) to banking?Hi all, Long time lurker, first time poster. I would appreciate your comments/thoughts. I am currently an associate in a BB MO role (think risk/finance) and would like to move transfer internally to banking (preferably M&A). A bit of background. I have been working in MO for about 5 years now (cu...
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Transfer into a non-target school in Richmond VirginiaI am a female finance major going into my junior year with no previous interning experience. My gpa reset recent as I transferred to a non target school (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. I had a very low gpa at my old school(CUNY Baruch) due to personal issues. Planning to make up for the 2.6 I had thi...
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Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceAvid reader here. Many thanks to the community for the insight, advice, and laughs. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I recently graduated with a BS/MBA from a non target with a 3.8/3.97 (full ride if it matters). I thought accounting would be my best bet coming from a non-target to m...
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Age-old dilemma: Reneging MM Offer for BB?I understand that there is a thread of this kind every year, but given that 2019 SA recruiting timelines at all firms are insanely early this year, I found myself in a head-scratching situation in mid-September. My background: junior at non-target. High GPA and good qualifications with relevant reg...
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Why and how did you chose your field within the world of finance?How did you realize you wanted to be in S&T, IB, etc. What drove you to choose that specific field within finance instead of another? I have interest in a few(mostly S&T and ER), and am in the recruitment process for a wide variety of internships and wanted to know why you guys decided to pursue you...
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Can I ask for a part time internship?Retail trader here looking to get into prop firms and IB trading floors .... I'm currently doing a F/T diploma at a target university and I have 3 full days off in the week. I was hoping to approach firms via cold call/email to see if I could work unpaid 2 days a week .... is this something firms d...
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Internship and Career - Guidance/Advice Needed I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I really need advice on what I should be focusing my time towards. I recently transferred from a non-target to a semi-target (Cornell, Northwestern, Duke etc) as a junior studying Computer Science and plan on staying an extra year to get a masters ...
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Big4 vs IB Opinions?Some Context: I've always wanted to go into IB but didn't really apply for any summer internships/grads during my final year of university because of my workload (which I regret). I made a last minute grad scheme application to one of the Big4 for Advisory in London after graduating, and was applyi...
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Athos Partners InterviewAnyone interviewed with this firm before?...
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30-Seconds Elevator Test"Would you buy you?" As a sales tool, your resume is your first contact with your perspective employee. It helps you to be pushed to the "YES" pile for interviews, or "NO" rejected pile. Your resume is a document that shows your education and past job achievements. Stop and think for a minute, pu...
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SA Recruiting PostmortemI'm a junior Econ major at a target (remote Ivy) w 3.6 GPA. Applied for most BB and EB to no avail, not even a superday. Granted, I didn't go through the early recruiting because last spring I (foolishly) wasn't sure I wanted to do banking junior summer. This past summer I interned at the State De...
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