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Guys, We Finally Made ItNot sure if anyone posted this yet but I noticed this article today on the front page of Yahoo Finance and I started laughing my ass off once I realized they were quoting a bunch of WSO'ers... here's the article, congrats to everyone who pitched in and trolled the whole world now. Here's the link: W...
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UK Non-Target to FT Analyst at Top Tier M&A FirmHi everyone, This website has been incredibly useful to me, and I owe a lot of career success to it. It's given me a lot of excellent insight into IBD and has been a great source of motivation. Therefore, I'd like to give back by sharing my experience here. For some context I'm a foreign student at ...
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Offer Accepted at UBSVerbal offer accepted. Employment application has been sent. I marked no to the question asking "can we reach out to your current employer before post hire?" Talked to Hr and they said due to the holiday, you will find out the result of the employment application end of next week or early week after...
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How likely my firm will find out I'm networking for a different position? I'm going into BB non-ibd SA role this summer and already started contacting alumni from different banks. I realize that finance is a small world and am worried that the people I'm contacting might go and tell my employers for the summer that "so and so is looking for different job positions even be...
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Big 10 school > Corporate Finance (Fortune 200) > Big 4 Consulting > Hedge Fund (In process)Want to provide advice on networking, applying to jobs strategically, and whatever it is someone in a similar boat might want to ask me. Also, want to get advice from experienced finance folks - how to break into HF from the Consulting world? I am definitely not planning on going to B-School at the ...
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Non-target --> FT Off-Cycle IBD AnalystSo I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. The Non-Target School Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We were in proximit...
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No BB FT Offer to Buyside Research AssociateHi everyone- My Dream Job: I just wanted to thank you all for the help I've received by looking on this board for the past few years. I originally thought I was set for a career in S&T, but when I received no FT offer after this summer I was really discouraged and thought the situation was hopel...
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The Unconventional path to IB/PE (AMA)While taking the time to clean and organize my desk after a hectic 4-6 weeks engaged in a deal, I came across my old WSO IB interview materials I used in the past. Seeing these old packets of paper made me realize how grateful I should be instead of being annoyed about how I put in hours of work on ...
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365 Days of Success StoriesI spend some of my free time on WSO browsing the different forums and reading other people's success stories. I am always motivated to do something better with myself, but I know it's not always so easy. Success is sometimes in 1 day or more than 365 days. Usually the latter. So I decided to documen...
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10 Things That Require Zero TalentI don't know how I ended up at a Notre Dame lacrosse alumni pregame but low and behold there I was Saturday night wondering if I was the only person in the entire apartment who was jewish / could hit a curveball. The walls were decorated so that everyone there knew that these kids for sure definitel...
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The Road Less TraveledI was reflecting on my path the other day, and I decided that it is time to share my story with WSO. I am going to warn you in advance, it is going to be long. Rewind to senior year in high school, I was a good student at a school of 400 kids in a rural part of fly-over country. At the same time, I ...
Rags to Hermes
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My journey from no-name boutique to PE MFI have been a long time lurker and recent poster here, I have got so much from this community, I can say I would not have done it without you so I think it is time to give something back. I am sure you heard stories like mine but I hope this can be inspirational to some of you. My background: I come...
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Please correct my Sentanceis this right sentence "My answer might sound Discourage", if not please correct me if any thing wrong ...
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Non-Target to S&T SA at desk and bank that I wanted. THANK YOULong time lurker, first time posting. Just want to make myself known and thank everyone on here for endless knowledge and some cynical laughs over my last few years reading this forum. I have made the first crack in the egg and will be working on a sales desk for the summer. Here's a quick summary o...
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Semi-Target with No Networking, No Extracurriculars, Terrible Grades to Top IB in CountryDelete................................................................................................................. ...
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First day at work, already dislike it? Any advice?Would appreciate any advice on my situation? I could really use some help.......................... ...
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I did it ma! Hired at a Physical Commodity Merchant. Hyped. 2 years ago I read The King of Oil, as suggested by a WSO thread. From that day on, I told myself "I'm gonna f*cking do that." Fast forward to now. I'm a college senior and in June I start my career as a Trainee in the Oil Division of a Physical Commodity Merchant. It's like playing for the Yankees....
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A Story of Breaking out of BO/MO HellThank you to everyone on WSO for giving me the tools and courage to pursue this huge career change. After 6 months of slowly decaying in a middle office role, I was finally able to land a FO Coverage role at a BB (think Deutsche/BMO/UBS). Here is my story: My Background: I came from an extreme non-...
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Confessions of a Former Pre-Med To all pre-med students thinking about going into finance: During one of my undergraduate summers, I volunteered my time doing night shifts in the emergency department at a large hospital. My slightly deranged principal investigator wanted me to record the heart rate and urine output of level I trau...
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Never Give Up!!!I have had an account on this site for the past few months but I did not start posting until recently. I would like to give some background information on myself and I hope I can inspire others. I graduated high school in 2011 slightly above average for my class (of about 212 people). I then went to...
Short Bonds
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Non-target in APACThis goes out to all non-targets in APAC. I'm a non-target student in South-east Asia (Singapore/Hong Kong) It's hard breaking into investment banking but more so in APAC. The first thing bankers will look at is which school you're from and if it's not Ivy League, LSE, Oxbridge, or any reputable uni...
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Finally cut itGuys, So I finally cut it 3 years after graduating from undergrad, and I would like to share my story to you guys as this forum has been staying with me along the way and indeed the break-in cases here keep on pumping gas into me whenever I got rejected. A bit about my background: I was an internati...
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Best way to use a failure to your advantageRobert Cialdini talks about the power of failure in his book "Influence". What are the ways in which you have used failure to your advantage? ...
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Finally got into IB! thx 2 IBOasisHey everyone, I've just got an offer for an analyst position in corp fin advisory:) I have been using this forum for over 1 months now and actually find the career related topics very useful in gaining knowledge needed to get into IB. I hope everyone will share more of these real life IB experiences...
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From Non-Target to ThreesomeFriday night. I'm at the club, grinding on two fine NYU specimens, one is my date and the other told us her name was Chloe. I peer over my shoulder and cringe at the desperate frat boys, raising vodka for the sober women, oblivious to the fact that chicken-legs and chubbies don't go hand-in-hand. I ...
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From almost getting expelled in HS to IB FT.I went to a prestigious private high school where lots of students are placed into Ivy league and other target schools across the nation. However, I gave zero f*cks in high school and was addicted to video games. I was naive into thinking that I could pull a 3.0 and get into a good college based on ...
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Why do people celebrate mediocrity?I was skimming along facebook and see this guy smiling as he was holding up his MBA degree he just got from a really shytty school. The school ranked 89 out of USNews business school rankings. And to throw more poo on it, it took him 5 years to get. So, apparently, it was a part-time MBA. Seriousl...
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WSO Hall of Fame: Success Stories ForumThe Wall Street Oasis Success Stories Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best success stories over the years. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & Interviews please navigate here....
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My Story: Enlisted military to PE from undergradI'm reluctant to make this post, because I think a lot of times these things look pretty douchey, and I don't like to toot my own horn, but... I thought this could be helpful to other military veterans lurking out there looking for advice on how to break into the industry. I know I was completely c...
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From Hedge Fund to Corp Fin to M&APhewwww, it's been a strange ride, fellas. I would like to gloat about my recent career revelations, while hopefully providing some advice/insight to the people who read. I have just finished up a GE-type Financial Management Program at an F100 firm with an offer for an analyst role within the compa...
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Dolphins Are Cool
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From no job this summer to an internship at Hedge Fund now need help???To all the Non-Target kids out there this story is for you. I attend a small liberal arts college in the South, think College of Charleston not Vandy. I had wanted to go into IBD, but figured when I was denied at Dartmouth and would attend my College I had no shot at it, and began pursuing other int...
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Landed a PE job thanks to WSO!I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who posts the great content on WSO! I have recently accepted an offer to be an analyst at a smaller boutique PE firm in Chicago! I came from a non-target with an average GPA, but thanks to all of the insightful content (and working my ass off to nail the ...
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The long road to ER from a non-targetI have been browsing this forum for almost two years now since the beginning of my senior year and thought I would share my story on breaking into ER. I was never a great student and actually barely graduated high school while focusing on sports way too much. I do not believe I turned in a single h...
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Just wanted to say thanksCame across this site a while back trying to figure out what I was going to do with my finance degree. Didn't know my ass from my elbow at the time and was able to learn some good things from browsing the site, and I now have a much better direction and a concrete idea of the path I want to take. Wa...
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5 worst career advices that I have received in my lifeHere are 5 worst career advices that I have received to date Don't put all your eggs in one basket. In theory, this can't be wrong. But who can diversify (i.e., get free lunch) and still make money? This is not a good advice for those who want to make money. I will always thank the business school p...
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Sort of a Success StoryIn my previous AMA I didn't go as in depth about my past as I am going to go this time. But I think the story will definitely help someone out because it shows that you can accomplish a lot even with massive hurdles to overcome. Background: To keep it short I was a bit of stoner / drunk by the age o...
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Middle Office IB role in Eastern Europe to a ... Gulfstream G650This post is for all of you out there who have failed to secure that all-important front office IB job that you were craving, and settled for the middle or back office position. All is not lost yet ... really not lost ... Let's face it, the majority of users on WSO desire front office IB jobs or som...
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Middle Office IB role in Eastern Europe to a Gulfstream G650This post is for all of you out there who have failed to secure that all-important front office IB job that you were craving, and settled for the middle or back office position. All is not lost yet ... really not lost ... Let's face it, the majority of users on WSO desire front office IB jobs or som...
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Non-Target, Sub 3.5 GPA. FT BB IBDThis is an absolute must read if you're from a non-target! I will try to detail out as much of my journey as I can. This post is kind of long overdue; however, I feel like it's better late than never. (Even if it's really poorly written.) I got an email around November of 2010 from JPM Houston's IBD...
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Anyone have any success wth recruiters in CanadaThere are only 2-3 major players in recruitment in Canada - Thorek Scott, Ludwig, Vlaad, & Beqaj. Did anyone ever work with either of those? What was your experience? ...
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Non-Target with <3.0 GPA Lands MM Summer Analyst Hey Everyone, I just wanted to thank everyone who contributes to WSO. I learned so much just by reading and really learned A LOT from the technical and behavioral interview guides. These things are dead on and really made me stand out during my interviews. Here's my story; I go to a non target schoo...
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Proposal ideasHello! My GF and I have been together for 5 long years. I think its high time for us to get married. She has been waiting for me to propose her all these years I but I wasn't financially ready for it. Recently I found a good job and paid off all my mortgage. I had a plans to propose her last month ...
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My Crazy Success Story Hey everyone. First of all, it's pretty surreal that I'm writing this post on here on the "success stories" section. Maybe writing this is one piece of officially cementing my career journey from where I started to where I am now. To put this in perspective, I think I discovered WSO sometime back in...
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what is important to meAs we know, analysts and associates work involves some trivial work, work that makes you worthless, makes you question why you should exist, why you are there, what is the point in all this. These work usually makes you feel like you don't matter at all. You don't have to be there for the team to fu...
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Keep your spouse clueless: Road to Happiness Hi In a relationship, you talk about everything because you are best friends. This is easier said than done for us in Finance because they simply do not understand what we do. There is absolutely no point in explaining something to aliens (and we appear like aliens to them). I'd say keep them guessi...
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State School-->GS NYC Summer Analyst-->Medical SchoolComplete 180 career move. Now third year medical student. Here to chat with anyone that dipped their toes in and didn't like it. ...
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Training course for finance?Hi guys, I have a question and your help would be much appreciated. I understand there is training courses for e.g investment banking, like a package of videos and courses you can buy.. Is there something similar to that for finance in general? Something that would go over everything related to fina...
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