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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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My offer got rescinded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 Today, they had rescinded my offer citing hiring needs.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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Waiting For Decision. Should I Phone?

Tximu

hi, I've been a user for many years. Just created a new account to make sure I remain in anonymity. ...

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Looking to hire an arbitrage algorithm developer

mbando

I work for a fintech startup that is looking to hire an experienced algorithm developer for a stock and commodity arbitrage trading bot. It doesn't look like there are many developers/programmers on WSO so could anyone point me in the right direction to find someone with this type of expertise?...

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Including Interests/Hobbies on Resume??

coo12

I am currently in the process of tidying up my resume. I've seen some consultants include interests/hobbies on the bottom of their resume. Is this something that should only be included if it relates to the position? I will be applying to Tier 2 & Boutique firms and the list of my interests includ...

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sphere of construction

massonliam2

Good day! My name is Liam Mason and I would like to consult with you about the company SVAYA. I really liked the job offer they sent me. Is there anyone who worked or works there? please give some feedback about the company. Thank you. ...

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P&G Finance or Global F500 tech company BD Management Trainee for MBA

Taiwanese-Speaking

Hi Monkeys, I am a graduate-to-be as a Bachelor in Banking with a GPA of 3.76/4.3 from a local target school in Taiwan (you can tell that from my user ID). I need some advice on which jobs to go for concerning the prospect for top MBA, pay, work-life balance, job content, etc. I used to be determin...

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Is VC possible right out of undergrad?

YMCM-IB

I was wondering if VC was possible right out of undergrad? I know a few companies do take undergrads for PE and HF, but do not know about VC. My ultimate goal is either PE or VC. Working in Venture Capital out of Undergrad Some venture capital firms take undergraduates. These spots usually g...

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Should I namedrop a manager from another division unrelated to the one I'm applying for?

dorsialunchmenu

I recently spoke to an open banking manager from a local bank during an open banking conference. we had a great conversation about the bank's future in open banking, and how I thought some of the discussed content could be applicable to areas such as auditing and due dilligence, he seemed impressed ...

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1 year or 2 year master? NO work experience

miquelj

Hey! I am going to apply to some European MiFs, and in case of being accepted to my top choices, my decision would be between Bocconi MiF and LBS MFA. The thing is that I have no IB experience. My only work experience is a 6 month internship as a bank teller at a local bank and I think that it leav...

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Still can't find a job...become a financial advisor?

MessedUp

Like the post below me, I'll be graduating shortly, and i'm jobless. Just another minority trying to put food on the table. I'm an econ major with an average GPA. I have friends who graduated last year still sitting around not doing anything, and I can't let that happen to me. I also want decent...

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Entry Level advice for MBA student from a non-target school?

StewartDawson33

I would like to know what jobs/internships I should pursue while completing my degree as well as what the best finance career paths are for a non target school MBA graduate. I have a 3.94 GPA; I’ll be graduating in about a year and a half. I have some limited accounting experience and no finance e...

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T. Rowe Price Investment Fellowship Program

sfspitfire23

Guys, I'm a senior Math/Econ major w/ a 3.6 GPA and am interviewing w/ this company for this role. What kind of exit ops can I expect at the conclusion of the required 2 years? Will I be able to move into IBanking or will I be confined to S&T? Also, how "prestigious" would you consider this firm? ...

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Developer role background check with arrest record

watersmith

Hi I'm actually from computer science background and will start my job as software developer at a well-known financial service company at New York City. I'm worried about my background check, because I'm recently involved with a quarrel with my spouse and got arrested, but released quickly with dis...

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Scared of Ruining my career opportunities (Gap year abroad)

banana407

So i just finished my first year of my undergrad (1 of 3yrs) in Business administration (Finance) here in Canada. And recently, a passion or a life goal resurfaced, I want to study Mandarin chinese in mainland China right after my degree. And recently, a passion or a life goal resurfaced, I want t...

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LSE Summer school - Opinions?

edmunsta

I guess my other thread was too long winded... What is everyone's opinion on the LSE Summer school? Will it help me get a job or is it pretty pointless?...

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Felony will be expunged in 2 years what to do in the main time?

lethalasian

Hey, guys, I need some advice from anyone with experience in the industry. Any would be appreciated. I recently graduated with a finance degree at the same time got sentenced to probation for my stupid actions during freshman year of college. Long story short it will be expunged in two years. What...

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Breaking into CRE with a non-finance background in Midwest

beautista

Hi! I graduated a top 50 college in the Northeast and ended up moving to the Midwest (KC area). I've been working as a project manager for the past two years for a residential real estate investor and as a residential real estate agent but I want to break into commercial. I'm not sure what to do....

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What to include on a "statement of interest"

stkeene

Hey all, Currently applying for an undergraduate internship with my dream company for next summer, and they require a "statement of interest". I'm not really sure what to write for this - I've heard of them being a crucial part of business school applications but never for a summer internship posit...

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How to get an IB analyst job?

182bbt

What would you recommend for a guy who is trying to get an IB analyst role who: does not have a financial degree and does not have *relevant* internship experience? Is it possible to get a role in this sector and if not, how would I go about it? ...

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Post Grad Job Search

Sums of Anarchy

My Fellow Monkeys, While there’s a vast amount of information on this site regarding job search tips/tricks for undergrads, this post is more tailored to those who have graduated college recently (within the past few years). What methods/strategies have you found to be most effective in securin...

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List 3.71/4.00 or 3.7/4.0

coo12

Upon graduating, I finished with a 3.71/4.00 CGPA. Is 2 decimal places too long? Or should I make it simple and round down to 3.7? Not sure if this would hurt me in any way (or it just doesn't matter). Any advice would be appreciated. ...

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Joining consultancy but inexperienced and parallel with this field

ronisub48

Hi all users,I want you to help me understand how to become a consultant from the bottom, I read some economical books(that was during highschool and not college) about simple interest,compound interest,TVA,quantity,demand,elastic coefficient.supply and,to be honest, I remained in ,,fog'' with all t...

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Equity Research Intern —> Investment Banking FT

Chris-Li

I have an equity research internship as well as another ER externship lined up for a semester. However I rarely see posts regarding ER intern going to IB Full time. I was wondering how the transition is and if ER is viewed favorably in IB?...

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Major GPA vs overall GPA

The_hipster_cow

I'm trying to set up my resume, and I don't know which GPAs to include and how to format it. I'm double majoring in Econ/math, at a target liberal arts (I don't think it should be target but GS and DB always make a huge show here every year). My overall GPA is a 3.3, while my Econ GPA is 3.8 and M...

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Startup CTA series 3

edmundsmk

looking at starting up a CTA firm. Where is the best place to find a series 3 holder? ie job boards or employment sites, would rather avoid a recruiter....

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Accidentally skipped an optional pre-recorded video interview, what do I do? (RESOLVED)

dorsialunchmenu

I'm applying to KPMG, and was given the option to do an optional pre-recorded video interview. Prior to recording, it was stated that 3 options would be given upon finishing a recording: 1. handing in the recording 2. skip (changed my mind) 3. re-do the recording however, upon messing up my first...

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Orientation and advice for a Spanish student

Ximpanze

Good morning to everyone. Despite I have been reading to all of you for months, this is my first thread in this forum and of course I am seaking for advice. Firstly, I don't know if you are into Spanish or Mediterranean countries situation, but in any case I will tell you: - Unemployment is high -...

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Is this a Yes No Maybe So?

a5hleybmw

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Lost in life. Don't know what career to pursue

mindira

Hi everyone, So, as the heading states, I am feeling lost and was hoping someone could give me career advice. I work at a business valuation company. It is very small but I get a lot of valuable work experience from it. I work here as a valuation analyst and so do: Creating and maintenance of fin...

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Career advice would be very much appreciated

jjmnj

Hi guys, I've been following WSO for quite a while but only now felt the need to reach out seeking for advice. I know that this might be a shot in the dark but here it goes. Background: graduated from a top university in my home country (Southern Europe), started working for a big-4 in their M&A pr...

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Anyone working at big4 M&A data analytic positions?

yoosan

I recently got an interview opportunity from Deloitte M&A data analytic position. I am somehow very proficient at new technology tools (alteryx, tableau, power BI, UIpath). I am looking for opportunites to work in deals. I did rotation in FDD and valuation rotation. I am not sure should i transfe...

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BB Risk Management vs HF Trading?

Abc-cba

Hi everyone, I'm from Europe (Spain, Portugal) and have been working 2y in consulting (MBB) after getting a MSc in Quantitative Finance from good national university. I want to move in a more Finance-related role and I got two offers: - BB (GS, JPM, MS) Credit Risk - Hedge Fund (10bln AUM) Trading...

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I Would Appreciate Your Help In Navigating My Career

drongobyrd

Hi Everyone, I am been a long-term reader of WSO content and I love how helpful everyone is here. Now, I find myself in need of advice and help. Just a little about me. I graduated university in Spring 2018 with a degree in Economics. My university is not an Ivy League, Public Ivy or even a schoo...

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Triple Major?

captain.knots

As a rising junior, I have been trying to plan out some sort of plan of action for the next four semesters and there is a possibility that I could convert a minor in a major with the remaining credits that I have. Would there be any merit to doing this/would I come off kind of douchey saying that I...

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If you're trying to break into IB, you need this tool...

sell-syde

We were here a couple of months ago...we listened to your pain points and struggles and we've built a product to help you land more offers. trackr is a tool to automate the organization and application process of your internship or full-time job search. Don't waste time manually inputting that dat...

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Some advice would be appreciated

182bbt

I'll make this short. Graduated last May with a B.A. in Political Science with coursework and internship experience in only that area. Now, I want to go into finance/investment with the ultimate goal at present being equity research, something else in IB, prop trading, or other AM job. I know it's ...

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Best Gigs for Personal Networks and Access to Capital?

Venturepapi

What are the best gigs to develop personal networks and access to capital for those looking to spinout on their own? ...

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Masters in Physiology (Former Premed)

Intraarticular

I haven't been able to get into medical school, so I have decided to go with plan B, which is to get a real job, lol. What jobs or fields should I hone in on in my search? All of my work experience is in entry level customer service or patient care. I have heard of healthcare consulting. Are there a...

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4 hr Quantitative test with a VC firm

ship

I am currently a management consultant with MBB. I have PhD/MBA and now interviewing with a healthcare VC fund. After 2 interviews, I am going to have a quant test. I am told that its a 4 hr test. so folks have any idea on what to expect and how to best prep for it? e.g. gmat type; build a NPV model...

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Corporate Banking vs. Auditing

pipolipo23

Hey everyone! I would really appreciate help in deciding which internship to take. To give a bit of background, I'm an Accounting & Economics student at a Tier-2 school, but with a prestigious undergrad Accounting program. All the Big 4 & Big 8 firms recruit directly from the program for internships...

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Unpaid Internship in NYC/ based in DC

pfinfrasfin

Hi everyone, I recently got an offer from a (small) investment company based in New York City. I'm now debating whether to take it based on some reasons: 1) It is unpaid, and I am based in D.C. From this point, I do not consider to move to NYC. I am thinking to do both remote and in office work a...

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Best path into IB or Strategy/Management Consulting (1 Year out of Undergrad)

Wizardly

Hi All, I'm currently 1 year out of graduating undergrad, and have spent the last 8 months doing Operations Analysis at a FANG company. I left the role a few weeks ago due to limited opportunity towards internal lateraling and the relative ease of the job (I learned everything there was to do in a ...

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BB vs EB in London

jameskirk1122

Hi guys, I have been following the forum for some time now and I need some perspectives regarding this question. How is the elite boutiques or independent advisory firms generally viewed, compared to bulge-bracket banks in London in terms of PE placement, US business school and general comps, presti...

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Not sure what to do next - Looking for some advice

Venturepapi

Starting to think of my next move but i'm a bit lost on what to do next. Started my career with advice from WSO and I thought it would be appropriate to circle back. Unlike many monkeys on this forum, my careers been a little bit less traditional and nonlinear than the IB & Consulting crowd. I sta...

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Software Engineer (FAANG) to top-5 MBA? Is it worth it? Exit Ops?

siliconvalleyoasis

Background: I'm a 26 y/o software engineer at a FAANG company, and I'm on track to become an engineering manager in the near future. I'm very good at software engineering as well as dealing with people/other engineers – in other words, my job is going (very) well. However, I find myself desperatel...

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Best Entry Level Finance Opportunity for Career Changer with Transferable Skills

Roscommon

Trying to figure out the best way for me to get my foot in the door of the finance world. Went to college for business administration and graduated in 2012. I have 7+ years of experience in marketing, business plans, marketing research, strategy and project management. I have built and developed ...

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Doing two internships at once?

cluelessconsultant

Sophomore at HYP. I am international and was planning on doing an internship in my home country this summer. However, structured summer internships are not a thing there so I had to network and talk to people to get internships. I currently have two offers- one at a VC/startup incubator and another ...

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Corporate Banking to FP&A

dd51

Hi all, I recently migrated here from an Asian country. With an experience of 2 Years in Corp Banking and MBA, I got into a small Asian Bank in a similar role. I look after syndication loans, Project Finance, revolvers and term loans. But as the Bank has very small presence here and are not trying...

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VP at PE - next career step

PQ

Hi everyone, My story in short: (1) non-target bachelor degree in Europe (2) investment banking at a BB firm in London and Paris (3) non-UK based PE focused on Eastern and Southern Europe All together - 7yrs of experience. And I m very likely to be promoted to VP level at my current PE firm by the...

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Deloitte Technology Digital Risk vs Accenture Client Delivery

Graduadz

Have received offers from both Deloitte and Accenture UK for their graduate scheme. I prefer Deloitte over Accenture due to culture; however in Technology Digital Risk I will have to do IT Audit for most of my work week and only get to do advisory in non-busy periods. I feel a Client Delivery role ...

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Internship at regional office of BB, to London FT IB. Possible?

quire2

Hi WSO, I have an SA IBD internship in London with a lower-tier IB (SocGen/Nomura etc) this summer. I am also invited to an AC for a mid-tier BB's (Citi/BoA/CS) regional office, regarding an off-cycle M&A internship in the coming Fall. Their group is currently the best in the region. However, if ...

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Exploding offer - Hurt my chances?

Bob Loblaws Law Blog

So I received an email this afternoon saying that an unpaid offer at a small MM firm's IBD office would expire at 5pm. I am currently waiting on a decision from a different MM firm's NYC office, for a paid ibd position. I emailed on Saturday but didn't hear back so I was forced to call this afternoo...

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Help for VC Interview (Junior)

tsk1682

Hey guys, Seemingly out of the blue I've managed to get an interview for the investment team of a leading tech VC firm in Canada. I'm fresh out of undergrad and have internships in VC and PE under my belt, but obviously I still feel underqualified for this role (especially since I haven't gone into...

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Current intern preparing for job hunting next year [Toronto]

fawaz.khalid98

Hi guys, I'm a terrible student with a 3.0 at a non-target, and somehow managed to land a 16 month internship at an investment management firm. This was mostly due to some networking and a lot of luck. I'm really interested in working at hedgefunds, AMs, pension plans. Right now my dream job would ...

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Need Advice: MBA, Masters or CFA?

RamsesII

Hello everyone, I just joined this community two days ago and am in need of career advice. I graduated from college one year ago with a BA degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. I now work as an investment advisor for a wealth management company. I originally planned on going to law s...

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I Have an Interview at the IMF

Londinium23

I have an interview at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in DC coming up. Albeit not for a finance position as it's for a staff assistant/admin/scheduler opening. Does this sound like an excellent opportunity? I have a masters degree in international affairs from a target school. Has anyone he...

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