AMA: 1st Year Analyst Software M&A - From non-target knucklehead to front office M&A

Hey all,

This site has been a big help to me over the years and I wanted to see if there's anyone out there I can help by answering some questions.


  • Lower/middle class from the southern US, first generation
  • Started out at a semi-target in STEM , finished my freshman year with a <3.0. Had some personal baggage and immaturity that I didn't sort out till junior year.
  • Transferred from STEM to finance. Got GPA up and took on unpaid startup and PE internships while working part time.
  • Applied to over 1,000 jobs in the last 5 months, a ton of rejections, 30 first round screenings, 4 in-office superdays and finally a single offer which I took (canceling 2 other superdays in process).

I'm now a first year analyst with a strategic acquirer of niche software companies. The analysis is similar to buyout PE, in fact they compete with a number of well-known MM software funds for mandates.

My generic advice to all the students out there: rise and grind with enthusiasm and the opportunities will come.