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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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Help-- Trying to identify what to pursue

non target jared vennett

Hi all, thank you for the help in advance. I know figuring out what I want to do is on me to do some introspection- I am doing this. But I was wondering if anyone knows some interesting groups/ divisions within Fidelity. Our groups within Fidelity that people would enjoy working for and why? Thanks ...

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How do I improve my applications?

Redbirdmonkey

I'm a recent grad out of a non-target with a 3.5 GPA and some relevant internship experience. I've had a lot of trouble finding my first job and while I haven't lost hope yet, I'm starting to think about what sort of things I can do to improve my resume/application and make myself more employable ov...

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Network in different country

olivGiroud

Hi all, So I have a network at two BBs, specifically a VP-level person at each place who I know will vouch for me if I ask. Thing is, they both work in offices abroad, and I am looking to intern in NYC. Any idea how helpful recommendations of this kind generally are? Thanks!...

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24 yo - I haven't screwed up my life yet, right?

delsudest

Hi WSO, Note: this is a modified post; I don't think I've screwed up my life yet, but I'm just reflecting on my experience so far and looking to see what career path might be a good fit for me. Brief background: 24-yrs old, one year out of undergrad in accounting, big four audit job, studying for C...

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Official Transcript has a lower GPA than resume (by 1 point), will my offer get rescinded?

Perla Mendoza

Hi everyone, I fucked up. I signed an entry-level job offer as an analyst 2 mo. ago which stated "is contingent on completion of degree program." I didn't think about the GPA on my resume. Since then, they have paid for my hotels and flights for orientation next week and have made business cards too...

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2019 Summer Analyst - Morgan Stanley Hirevue

A-Jns22

Did anyone get the 2019 SA MS HireVues yet? I just got it today. Could someone explain the process further, and give me some tips? (I am a rising sophomore so this is my first interview) Also, was getting the HireVue a selective process? I got it for more than one position so should I assume it was ...

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Going from Houston IB internship to full-time New York S&T chances?

rnoodles

Hey everyone, I'm currently an IB summer analyst in the Houston office of a European tier 2 bank (think BNP, HSBC, SocGen, etc), but my aspirations were always in S&T in new york. Had a large number of super days for markets internships at BBs and EBs but couldn't secure any and decided to go for Ho...

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Target School Advice

Jake 0

I will be attending a target finance undergrad school starting next year. Although I have some family in the field, I am not well informed on the nuanced differences between front office Wall Street jobs. What do you guys recommend I do to get a better grasp of what field I might be best suited for...

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T2 Consulting vs Tech Industry

RWRecoveryWater

Hey everyone, I'm currently deciding between two full time offers and would love your guys' advice. I spent last summer interning for a big 4 strategy consulting firm (Deloitte/S&) and got a full-time offer, and I'm also comparing it against a financial development rotational program at MSFT. I'm st...

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The road to an internship

Rawb1

Hi everyone. I hope you are doing well. I recently got accepted into a MiM joint degree program at HEC Paris-Yale, it comes as a bit of a shock as I really wasn't expecting to get in, given my low GRE score. The course is structured in a way that you do your first year at HEC Paris in General Ma...

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Will need to move due to love. I need advice

Shareefms

Hey all, I am a first time poster but long time lurker looking for advice. A bit about myself – I graduated from one of the top Engineering schools in Canada and started my career in one of the largest bank in Canada as a Market Risk Analyst. I was on that role for 6 months before I learnt of ...

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Medical DQ from Army.... Now What???

AnyThing4TheW

I come from a Senior Military College in the U.S. I played D1 lacrosse and was set to go into the Armed Services. My original plan was to go Armed Services—> MBA—> IB. I just graduated this May and unfortunately I got a Medical D’Q from a lacrosse related injury (Hip Labrum tear). I really am ...

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How do you network when employers know what you're up to?

ikiq

Hey guys, So networking is definitely a major factor in the recruitment process, but after reading guides and articles about the "proper" way to network, the entire process seems both forced and a turn-off (in my view) for employers. The basic guideline is to differentiate yourself at networking ev...

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No internship

helpasap123

I’m currently a rising sophomore at Bentley university majoring in Finance and minoring in Computer Information systems. My gpa is a 3.53 (I’m not sure if that’s bad or good). I currently do not have an internship or a retail job. It was my stupid mistake to not apply for anything earlier. I w...

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Will Work without salary

xWallStreet

Hi I will work without a salary in Finance, And get paid on the tasks performed. I have helped people setup hedge funds and got FINRA and NFA fillings done for them, researched the legalese of things and formed LLC in multiple states. I am looking for independent consulting work that can be done onl...

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What Job should I pursue?

frankfrederico77

Below is my Resume and the first job I am still a temp worker at. What job direction should I pursue with all of my different skill sets. Please help. SUMMARY: Solutions-driven business consultant with experience in cross-functional teams in the development, documentation and delivery of process i...

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What Path Should I choose? Resume Below.

frankfrederico77

Resume is below and I am having trouble choosing a path to pursue that would fit my skill set and what I have to offer to the market? Please Help, in desperate need of direction. SUMMARY: Solutions-driven business consultant with experience in cross-functional teams in the development, documentati...

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Stanford, Columbia, or UChicago (undergrad)?

Dracos_and_Bookbags

Hey WSO, I'm a high school senior who just heard back from all the colleges I applied to. Of my acceptances, I have shortlisted three schools: Stanford, Columbia, and UChicago. After college, I have a tentative plan of going into the finance sector, hopefully in some capacity involving data science...

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CAREER PATH ADVICE NEEDED- All experienced finance professionals chime in and help!

tuckercarlson123

Some background information to help advise a young professional (kinda all over the place) seeking some friendly advise: - Junior finance major @ top 10 undergrad business school - Strong experience...wealth management intern at major firm, corporate strategy intern, some impressive entrepreneuri...

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How To List Concurrent Positions on Resume

NonTargetScum

I have an opportunity to do part time work remotely on top of my current internship, both of which I would like to list on resume. I have a chronological resume, but I'm not sure how to list these. I was thinking that I'll just list the one I would like first then clarify that it's part time. Is th...

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Product control vs valuation control

@lbetroz

Product control vs valuation risk control? Which is the better role ? Growth opportunities of both as I am new to this field Would like to hear some suggestions ...

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List of IBs/PEs focused on Sustainability

Bake-Off Chief

Hi everyone, I am currently searching for a job in an IB or PE fund focused on sustainability. I tried to search on the web, but I can mainly find sustainable departments of BB banks. As I would love to work in a bank/fund only focused on sustainability, I would like to ask you guys if you could ...

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Venture Capital Fund of Funds Interview

STJ25

Its second round of interview process which is Case study/technical test to judge my skills on understanding of funds. If someone could help me with the relevant topics to prepare for this test would be great....

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Part time work and CFA and is it worth?

Matthew-Ashikhin

So, I have been researching the CFA qualification and comparing it to actuarial and wanted to find out what kind of job I should be on the lookout for if I want to pursue the CFA? Some kind of part time position I assume to be able to study and/or attend courses for prep. But surely I should try go ...

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Is it worth getting two ba one accounting and finance

jwhodge05_1

I currently found out my school accidentally signed me up getting two Bachelors on in accounting and one finance. I'm curious is worth the money and time in getting these two degrees....

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Competency Exam At Advisory Firm & Way Below Average Candidate Profile At Firm

jaanders

So this advisory firm mainly advertises that it helps companies find alternative capital for special situations, primarily bankruptcy but since defaults are not common at this moment they are branching out into other investment banking services. They want me to do a skills check to make sure I'm cap...

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Late finance bloomer seeking for internship advice

red-panda-98

hi there, I’m writing to seek some of your advice and opinions on full time positions for finance. First, let me give you a quick background about myself. I am an international student (from a developing country in Asia), studying at an Ivy League (a semi target), I started off studying something ...

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I Need You, WSO + Its Time To Move - Asia Job Search

AsiaHunter

Long post ahead (will not apologize). Afternoon Monkeys, Long time lurker, first-time poster. It seems the flow of threads has decreased these months, but hopefully, many of you will read this / comment (even if just to complain about the length of it). First of, a bit of background. I have for t...

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Accept Job Offer or Keep Looking?

Redbirdmonkey

I'm a recent graduate with a degree in finance from a non-target. 3.5 GPA and internship experience at a fintech startup. I hope to end up in asset management and eventually, VC. I've been actively applying for jobs over the last few months and have struggled to get much traction. The handful of int...

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LSE Quantitative Methods For Risk Management MSc

Matthew-Ashikhin

Good day, I wanted to ask about the value and I guess versatility of the QMFRM programme at LSE. It does seem to have an actuarial inclination but if I take certain electives, that focus can be diluted somewhat. Its not my first choice programme but its the only one I have. I think that Financial...

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Late finance bloomer seeking for Full time position advice

red-panda-98

hi there, I’m writing to seek some of your advice and opinions on full time positions for finance. First, let me give you a quick background about myself. I am an international student (from a developing country in Asia), studying at an Ivy League (a semi target), I started off studying something ...

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How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)

Jared Dillian

Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've never directly contributed to the forum. I have a few hours to kill, so I wanted to share ...

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Offer rescinded bc of DUI

RealityCheck2201

Hi all, I’m pretty much crushed at the moment because I have been applying for jobs for the past 5 months. Had several close calls of being hired (I think). But nothing worked out until a few weeks ago. The position was for a trader/research/pm role. I was their top candidate. We had 5 interviews...

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Are there any jobs in finance that AREN'T incredibly boring?

earthwalker7

I get bored (and depressed) easily. I know - first world problem, I'm a whiny baby, etc. But seriously, it's so hard to go into the office and try to do a good job if you're not at all engaged / interested. I've generally bounced around job to job as a result. After 18-24 months I just walk, becau...

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I Got Screwed With My Internship Placement, Can I Ask to Switch Roles or Am I Fucked?

tudorg

For some context, I am a rising senior at a semi-target school and I only made the transition to finance this year. Last summer I had a sales internship with a Fortune 50 company, and I found quickly that I did not want to be within sales. I networked within the organization and found that Finance w...

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Can't find first job, any advice?

mpf1116

I graduated in 2018 from a target school, but for the last year I've been applying for hundreds of jobs with no luck. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what I should be applying for, as I am interested in a number of different finance roles, so any advice you guys may have is appreciated. Some backgr...

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Rising Senior w/ 3.5 GPA at Non/Semi Target Who Needs Some Direction

finding.mypath

Hi guys, Thank you for reading this post, I am looking for honest, constructive feedback. I am currently a rising senior at a non/semi target school in the tri state area. I am majoring in Finance, and will be taking the bulk of my upper level finance courses as a senior. This summer, I will be in...

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Sophomore Internships: Nothing Seems to Work

Anonymous Monkey

I am a sophomore at a target/semi-target, international (asian) student with a 3.7 GPA looking to probs enter IBD (sponsorship being the driving component here). Member in 4 finance clubs on campus (including my college's investment club). I have been looking for summer internships all across the ...

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What would you choose between Corporate Banking in a large European commercial bank and Corporate Finance in a Big 4?

M20

In terms of **salary**, **career prospects** and **work/life balance**. The Corporate Banking job is about syndicated loans, cash management, trade finance solutions for international corporates (i.e. large companies). In a commercial bank, not a BB investment bank. The Corporate Finance job is ab...

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Thread is no longer relevant

biobro

Please delete this thread as it is no longer relevant. Thank you all for your help! This forum has been great....

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Getting into MBB before B-School

The White Bull

MBB are the world's best consulting companies and top feeders to H/S/W. So if you are not from a Top 3 B-School in your country (lets say Top 20) then can you get into them anyhow ? I am specially looking at finance and corp. strategy domain....

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high-quality education for everyone

sheenarustomji

[edX is the trusted platform for education and learning](https://www.couponnx.in/store/edx-coupons/). Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transform...

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How important is work experience in first landing a job? (Coming from someone who was originally planning on dental school)

geraltofsnivia123

Hey fellows. My question is this, for someone like myself with no full-time work experience and an MS in Finance (Let's say from OSU - Ohio State University), how hard would it be to secure an entry level role in a corporate finance role? I'm basically sitting on two acceptances at this point, one f...

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Will I get Blacklisted?

RandomWalkTheory

Hey everyone, So some background, I went to a bank's recruiting event for possible summer analysts for the summer of 2020 because I was going to be graduating in December 2020 (4.5 years) but I now will still be getting the degrees I stated but still will graduate on time (May 2020). My school adde...

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Dream job interview denial email

rd122596

Hi, So a week ago I accepted a offer for a full time job out of college. It is not my ideal job and I only accepted it so I can have a job upon graduation. Three days later, I got a email from the job of my dreams asking me to come in and interview. Whats the best way I can write my email response s...

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Resume critique --- CRE and Commercial Banking

Anonymous Monkey

Looking for positions in CRE and commercial banking. The resume is slightly centered towards CRE, but I don't really have anything else to add for a separate resume for commercial banking jobs, so just using the same resume to apply to both categories. Thank yall for the advice. ...

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13 Networking Tips and Tricks

MJK

Networking, like anything else, is a process. I’ve made plenty of mistakes throughout networking (over 1500 e-mails, over 200 calls, 3-5 networking trips prior to FT recruiting). Now that I've been on both sides of the table (although I'm far more experienced as the cold-caller) I wanted to share ...

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Currently interviewing with a vacation planned two months from now. When do I disclose this?

Funnyboy2642

I'm a junior analyst with an interview scheduled for next week. I currently have a 10-day vacation planned in July. At what point in the process do I disclose this? Would I do it towards the end of the interview, or would I wait till after I receive the offer to disclose this? Any experiences with h...

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Urgent Question on SA Application Strategy

mn22

Hey Everyone, I'm a rising sophomore at a non-target/semi-target and applied for Citi's sophomore summer IB internship. I really, *really*, want this opportunity and know I need to network my butt off in order to get it. Problem is - after looking through LinkedIn, I found only one alumnus from m...

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Goldman Sachs Interview Result

dan121479

Hi, About 2 weeks ago, I had a first round on site interview at Goldman Sachs. I contacted the recruiter for any updates but still heard nothing. What should I do now? Am I denied? The status of application is still showing as Interview. Also, how long does it usually takes to hear back from a rec...

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Following up with Alum... Needs Advice

tndb1012

Hi all, so I saw a job posting that I am really interested in a week ago, and I reached out for an alum on Linkedin for a little chat. He was nice enough to give me his e-mail and ask me to send him my resume. A week has passed and I have heard nothing - either he did not get my e-mail, or my resume...

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First ever job interview at a Dutch M&A boutique, how do I prepare

dorsialunchmenu

I'm a second-year student at RSM. Recently stopped applying at larger firms because none of them want second-year students. Started applying at boutiques and got an interview at a ...

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What to Wear to Pre Interview Dinner for Ladies?

goaled

So there are threads about this for guys, but what should a female wear to a pre-interview dinner? It's allegedly "informal" but the restaurant pick indicates a smart-casual dress code. Is a skirt-suit fine? Or is that too formal? Probably overthinking this, but input would be appreciated. Not ...

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Lost internship for summer after freshman year, am I screwed? What to do now?

ThePiedPiper

I just finished up my freshman year and I got a great internship at this healthcare technology startup, but the CEO isn't responding to my emails and since I can't get into contact with the company this internship may be screwed. I don't have anything else lined up and this is the last summer before...

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Career advice! B school and job search

swright5434

Hey all, Long story short, can’t decide between dropping $$$$ on IU MBA program or a low tier 1 school for half the cost? I went to a shite undergrad school with a bus admin degree. Also, I am trying to break into a firm in Charleston, SC. I only have corporate accounting experience but am dying...

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Background check help!!!

RandomWalkTheory

Hey everyone, I had a background check done by HireRight and it came back with two of my references as "Not Verified per Client Guidelines" and "No information provided". For the second one, he was out of the office and tried to reschedule, but they had to submit it in 5 days, so they couldn't sch...

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Army ROTC Cadet: Active Duty or Reserves + Finance

PatrioticPork

**Background:** I’m a rising senior and Army ROTC Cadet at a well-known, non-target Northeast school. I’ll be both graduating (BSBA, conc. Finance) and commissioning as an Army 2LT in May 2020. I’ll be spending half of this upcoming summer at CST in Ft. Knox and the other half as a Summer Anal...

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Would online courses boost my resume? (These are courses from Duke and UPenn)

fine-nance

Starting August 1st, Duke University released Behavioral Finance to give investors a peak at the fallacies that can destroy portfolios. On August 22, the University of Pennsylvania will release Microeconomics: The Power of Markets to provide an in-depth look at the financial markets. These courses...

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30 and a bit lost in career - Advice Appreciated

Second_Chances

I am reaching out to this community to help bring some clarity to my current career situation. I recently turned 30 and have been feeling a bit lost in my career. Although I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me, I am having trouble envisioning what will come next. Hoping some experienced...

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How hard is it for a non-EU citizen to find a job in London?

Rthur

Hi everyone. I have been admitted to LSE MSc Finance program and am trying to see if I stand a chance to find a job in London after graduation. Any advice is much appreciated....

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Big 4 Audit trying to transition to TAS/Valuations?

awhite_1

So within a week doing audit at a Big 4, I started looking for a new job. I really want to go into IB, but I know that given that I don't have any transactional/deal experience and didn't go to a target that'll be near impossible. So I've been looking into TAS (Transaction Advisory Services) and Val...

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Selby Jennings - feedback/advice?

ebitdaddy--

Hey all, I had a bad experience with Selby Jennings similar to the ones that have been posted on here before. A recruiter reached out to me via LinkedIn telling me he'd like to set up a call to discuss a position with a venture capital firm. I accepted and set up the call for the next day, when a yo...

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Telsey Advisory Group?

Nontarget2019

Does anyone know anything about Telsey Advisory Group? Is their research respected? I am considering an internship opportunity there and I wanted some more information....

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Career Advice (Finance)

Blaxus

Hello everyone. Basically I need some advice from people working in the Finance industry about possible career choices abroad.My situation is pretty specific so that is why I am asking a question like this, hoping people in the field could give me some advice. My background: I'm 23 years old living...

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Should I give demographic information when filling out a job application?

blinman

Hey all, A lot of the application platforms that banks use to recruit interns ask for some sort of demographic information. As a non-URM, should I even bother giving my demographic information? Is it just assumed that I am not a URM? Thanks....

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KPMG Virtual Internship?

max2018

Has anyone ever heard of the 'KPMG Virtual Internship' on InsideSherpa? Supposedly it is a virtual data analytics internship and you can put it on your resume. I looked on LinkedIn and found several people that had it on their profile as experience. Just wondering if this is legit and if anyone has...

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My offer got rescinded

lindsey

Hey everyone, I got an internship offer at a boutique bank. Today, they had rescinded my offer citing hiring needs. I haven't lied on my resume or (as far as I understand) did anything wrong. So I'm confused why this happened to me. Any advice on what I should do in this situation would be highl...

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Value of Internal Learning Resources?

chrysosclancap

So I am working in retail banking at a Canadian big 5 bank and working to position myself for a stepping stone job on my way to S&T. Coming from a non-target school and program I am working to reorient my skills towards finance. In the short term that means the CSC and soon after the CFA level 1. ...

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Out of work for 3 months after being laid off -- how to address on resume?

Ignorhombus

Context here is I was laid off from my corporate job along with my boss, his boss and the head of our business unit. The company decided to focus on a different line of business. In the meantime, I relocated overseas to join my wife, so there was some moving and getting resettled that accounts for t...

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Advice For Bio Major going to Finance w/ mediocre 3.39-3.45 GPA (new to this forum)

yagd96

I am **not** shooting for GS, or JPM for investment banking. I realize that I don't have a chance in h*** of getting into their IB divisions. The reason why I'm interested in IBD, starts from my interest in biotech companies and keeping up to date with the financial information of some of the new ne...

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For those who work/worked in finance (IB, PE, HF, Pensions), what do you do now?

damocles

Those of you who went to BB Banking, PE, HF, ER, Buyside pension funds and the like right out of university or later in your career. What do you do now? The conversation always seems to end at 2 years of banking then 2 years of pe or B school. What about after that? Maybe it's just this forum is de...

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What WSO makes us all think

non target jared vennett

I just wanted to shed some light on something that happens on the forums. It is not uncommon to see people on the forums telling undergrads that they are "fucked" for whatever reason it may be. I think that this dynamic creates a sense of constant tension in some undergrads who get so strung out on ...

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