You're going to make it

This is for all of you who feel down because of recruiting, rejections, and the overall difficulties that this field brings with it. You're going to make it. Be patient, stay committed, and trust the process.

I've just accepted my dream offer at my dream bank, after getting rejected ~50 times. It's hard and painful but you have to commit. Believe in yourself and improve with every step along the way. Gradually, you will see improvement.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Nov 16, 2022 - 11:01am

i thought i made it tooo at the top BB,  until i realized now i have to make it to a MF or UMM 

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  • Intern in Research - Other
Nov 16, 2022 - 11:26am

These posts are always thinly-veiled humblebrag posts from people who are still on the high of getting an offer

Of course you, someone who just got an offer, thinks it was because of your amazing patience, commitment and "trust in the process" (lol)

Congrats on your offer but that doesn't mean everyone else will make it (it's statistically impossible for everyone who's interested in IB/similar jobs to make it in), it's mostly luck

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Nov 16, 2022 - 8:58pm
Pussy galore, what's your opinion? Comment below:

nah he's right. this is a humblebrag post. it's sad that you need to go to an anonymous forum for self worth and sadder still there are so many of these types of posts. 

banking is such a narcissistic profession, glorified paper pushers who think the world of themselves lol. unreal

the best part is banking is going to fucking suck this next decade so have fun with that :)

Nov 18, 2022 - 10:26pm
biscuitsandgravery, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i dont think the idea of you getting lucky and getting an offer

while others arent as lucky

is quite the motivation you think it is 

This is for all of you who feel down because of recruiting, rejections, and the overall difficulties that this field brings with it. You're going to make it. Be patient, stay committed, and trust the process."

fking cringe

  • Works at Goldman Sachs
Nov 17, 2022 - 4:37pm

Lol the intern is spot on. We get at least one of these posts every week and it's all variations on a theme. I don't like being the cynic but it's quite easy for OP, who just landed his dream offer and is now in a nice and cushy position, to start going around giving superficial motivation to others. I'd bet my money that had he not gotten the offer, this post wouldn't exist. 

Also: "This is for all of you who feel down because of recruiting, rejections, and the overall difficulties that this field brings with it. You're going to make it. Be patient, stay committed, and trust the process."

Seriously? MS me all you want but this is seriously cringe lmfao, especially the bolding 

  • Works at D.E. Shaw
Nov 17, 2022 - 4:44pm

Agree. It doesn't even help to hear from someone who has already made it to the other side. I'd get more motivation from other interns who were also struggling through the process instead of some dude who's probably just relaxing and enjoying life right now while issuing meaningless platitudes to those who did not get as lucky. 

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Nov 17, 2022 - 8:21pm

These posts are always thinly-veiled humblebrag posts from people who are still on the high of getting an offer

Of course you, someone who just got an offer, thinks it was because of your amazing patience, commitment and "trust in the process" (lol)

Congrats on your offer but that doesn't mean everyone else will make it (it's statistically impossible for everyone who's interested in IB/similar jobs to make it in), it's mostly luck

It is definitely not "mostly" (implying >50%) luck. Unless you start comparing us to kids born in third world slums

Nov 25, 2022 - 10:01pm
Aerfally1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

These posts are always thinly-veiled humblebrag posts from people who are still on the high of getting an offer

Of course you, someone who just got an offer, thinks it was because of your amazing patience, commitment and "trust in the process" (lol)

Congrats on your offer but that doesn't mean everyone else will make it (it's statistically impossible for everyone who's interested in IB/similar jobs to make it in), it's mostly luck

If you really think that it's mostly luck…you were/are doing it wrong. 

Nov 25, 2022 - 10:02pm
Aerfally1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

These posts are always thinly-veiled humblebrag posts from people who are still on the high of getting an offer

Of course you, someone who just got an offer, thinks it was because of your amazing patience, commitment and "trust in the process" (lol)

Congrats on your offer but that doesn't mean everyone else will make it (it's statistically impossible for everyone who's interested in IB/similar jobs to make it in), it's mostly luck

And you are doing others a disservice. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Nov 16, 2022 - 1:00pm

Made it after a bunch of rejections. Money is great and so is seeing those #s. Work itself is grueling and soul sucking. I haven't seen my friends in months and don't have time to meet any new womeb

Nov 16, 2022 - 6:27pm
Five Star Man, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Or you're not, and that's fine too.

Don't kill yourself trying to get a job that sucks at least as much as any other job.

Take a breath, grab some perspective.

You won't be able to jerk yourself off to your bank's logo like this poster, but it's really okay in the end.

Do something else, get experience, get an MBA and come back later - or realize that this just isn't for you. 

For 99% of people, it's really not the promised land, it's a job.

Nov 16, 2022 - 6:53pm
Fast and Fiduciary, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I agree. Students put so much pressure on themselves to get into banking, then once they get in the reality hits that it's a very over-glorified position. Then they put pressure on themselves to break into the buy-side. Then they realize that's not so different. then maybe they put pressure on themselves to get into an M7 MBA program, then after that the pressure comes back to break into another IB or buy-side role. The pursuit to be satisfied with where you are and what you have is never ending. 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Nov 16, 2022 - 9:29pm

Also not making it out of undergrad isn't the end of the world or the end of your career. Several of the MDs I work with did totally random stuff before getting an MBA and doing IB. One recently bought a supercar. 

Nov 17, 2022 - 7:32pm
ConfusedGuru, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Realistically, some people never "make it" you just never hear about those guys cause they live in their mom's basement drowning out the sorrow of their failures with mind-numbing video games. As long as resources are scarce, there will always be winners and losers

Nov 17, 2022 - 9:34pm
a-non-hardo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

People need to quit being so cynical on this post. Let the guy try and give some fucking motivation for Christ's sake

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Nov 17, 2022 - 10:44pm
BeveragedFinance, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I can't relate to these weird posts at all.

Did anyone else just study consistently in college, do an internship or 2 and then make IB? I know I did - It's just a job, not winning an olympic gold medal.

Hardly consumed all my thoughts or faced heaps of rejection. Just one aspect of my life... obsessing over banking doesn't really improve your chances. Some college kids here need perspective.

  • Summer Associate in PE - LBOs
Nov 18, 2022 - 1:48am

Some people's life isn't handed to them on a silver platter. Let people talk about their achievements. You clearly went to a target school and are an affluent white kid. Also you work in DCM; it's not like that's a hard position to get anyway.

Nov 18, 2022 - 2:26am
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