Thanks WSO - IB Finally from Non-Target

Thanks to everybody on this forum, many of you have been extremely helpful in fielding questions and helping provide me with the opportunity to learn. It's been a tough road full of rejection but all you need is one offer.

Top tier MM and ranked on the league tables in a few categories. I was the only non-target at my superday and was a little concerned afterward. Either way here I am.

Thanks a ton and I will be sure to contribute more moving forward.

Comments (37)

Nov 9, 2010 - 7:32pm
Jorgé, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats man!

People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis, you can't trust people Jeremy
Nov 9, 2010 - 7:34pm
Gekko21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats

"Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, for knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA."
Nov 9, 2010 - 7:35pm
CaptK, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Good work man, look forward to seeing you around as a certified user.

- Capt K - "Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, bait the hook with prestige." - Paul Graham
Nov 9, 2010 - 8:09pm
NewIBHire27, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Great to hear success stories from this site...

Nov 9, 2010 - 8:45pm
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats! Another victory lap for a WSO user. Now that this site has been around a few years, I'd be really interested to see a list of all the certified users and where they worked. I bet we have a pretty serious network going on the site. Will be interesting to see what it looks like another 1-2 years out.

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Nov 13, 2010 - 12:54pm
WallStreetOasis.com, what's your opinion? Comment below:

congrats!

dublin:
CompBanker, that's a really interesting idea.

Patrick, would it be feasible to put together some aggregate info without giving anyone away?

I could reach out to the Certified Users to try and collect that data but I think it is best left 100% anonymous. We have a certified user group that is only at 100 (but growing very fast nowadays), so I expect that # to be in the 300-400 range by this time next year. We'll see....definitely still a lot of professionals that never get Certified but that's ok.

Also, if Certified Users want to network within the private Certified User group, that is completely an option open to them.

Thanks, Patrick

Nov 9, 2010 - 10:02pm
PIE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats man. I was in a similar position and still feel like I'm on cloud 9.

Also, I second the request by compbanker

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Nov 13, 2010 - 12:04pm
bkwr83, what's your opinion? Comment below:

if i have to give other non-target kids some advice here it is

1) Network - use linkedin, facebook, alumni databases, or whatever else you have. You need to get in contact with someone who you can get to know so they can possibly "go to bat" for you if need be.

2) IB Internship - you need to have something to help you stand out against your target competition. This shows you are serious about IB, since you have some experience about what the work is like and the non-existence of work/life balance. Contact regional boutiques, you will be surprised how many MD's are willing to help students who are extremely motivated to break in.

3) Resume/Cover Letter - just make sure it doesn't look like crap. Compare your resume to other WSO users and against the Mergers & Inquisitions template.

4) Applications - since there is no on campus recruiting you will have to applying online to at least 40+ Investment Banks. This is why networking is so important. If you have someone on the inside who can at least get you a phone interview the rest is on you.

5) Interviews - Obviously purchase the Technical & Behavioral guides and go through them a couple of times. The biggest sell however is the "story" this better be killer. I watched the Mergers & Inquisitions guide on the story and rebuilt my story numerous times till it came out memorable. BE YOURSELF!

6) Confidence - Remember that you might be the only kid from a non-target at Superdays but that does not mean you should be worried. I had a VP tell me during my interview about the odds against a non-target being interviewed during a Super-Day. He said those that usually do come through are very strong candidates.

This might be a regurgitation of things you already know, but what the hell. Its worth saying it again.

Good luck to those looking to break in.

Nov 13, 2010 - 12:29pm
rufiolove, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is it just me or does 2010 seem to be the year of the underdog? I'm lovin it... Non target kids are making it happen in a big way! Congrats on the offer man, I know I know I felt great when I got mine. Go out and celebrate with some drinks.

Nov 13, 2010 - 5:15pm
Situation, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats man. I know the feeling as I was a super non target. It is hard work and you obviously deserve it.

Nov 13, 2010 - 5:23pm
idragmazda, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the motivation man. Just to reiterate what someone said above, I think it's the committed non target kids who are the most driven and the hungriest for success. Cheers and I'm off o the city which I hope to be working in soon! Enjoy the Saturday. Big ups to NY NY.

Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis - when I was dead broke man I couldn't picture this
Nov 14, 2010 - 12:27pm
yangNYC, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice work!

I expect to see more non-targets break in during the next several years. Non-targets realize they have a chip on their shoulders so put more work in. The target school candidates with flashy credentials can sometimes be seen leaning on their accomplishments a little too much. As a non-target you also differentiate yourself, and while the BB and other majors want to have the best possible candidate for the position, they also want a well-rounded office with people from targets and non-targets alike. Congrats again!

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Nov 14, 2010 - 1:51pm
lucasblane, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats! I am also a non-target (out of cycle) that just received my offer as well. I know how you feel.

Here is my story - http://rubenharris.posterous.com/progress-update-chapter-one

Nov 15, 2010 - 12:17am
Bisu, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Grats to OP!

lucasblane:
Congrats! I am also a non-target (out of cycle) that just received my offer as well. I know how you feel.

Here is my story - http://rubenharris.posterous.com/progress-update-chapter-one

Grats to you too. I saw your linkedin/profile a while back and I was cheering for you anonymously - great to see that you did it.

Nov 14, 2010 - 9:20pm
contrarian_in_thought, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congratulations! I have broke into the street as well and I have not even graduated yet. The feeling is beyond normal, and very difficult to explain. I went straight for the throat. I work at a hf. Cheers.

If you ain't buy side what are you doing on Wall St.? Gimme something good sport...
Nov 14, 2010 - 9:20pm
contrarian_in_thought, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am from a non-target as well.

If you ain't buy side what are you doing on Wall St.? Gimme something good sport...
Nov 15, 2010 - 12:21pm
ewlang, what's your opinion? Comment below:

great story guys. I am currently a freshman at a non-target so you are my inspiration. lucasblane and bkwr83 can you tell me what you did your freshman summer? Thanks.

Nov 16, 2010 - 5:06pm
bkwr83, what's your opinion? Comment below:

thanks to everyone!

ewlang - just try to get internships, i didn't my freshman year but it doesn't hurt to start early build your resume so that by your junior year it is compelling enough to get a 1st Round for an SA at a BB

Jan 18, 2011 - 2:33pm
mike55555, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Congrats. Stuff like this motivates me. I love to see non-targets succeed, because it is proof that not everyone that goes to a non-target becomes a bartender or waitress after college, a lot of people go to non-targets for reasons other than stupidity.

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. -Niccolo Machiavelli
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