Happy to share my journey / trajectory coming from a non-target school in SoCal and breaking into a coverage group at a BB in NYC. The path was extremely unconventional and was primarily a function of preparation, good fortune and persistence above all.
- Private non-target school in SoCal with small presence on Wall St. The few students that break in -- happen to place very well and are an anomaly among the general student body (e.g., Lazard, Goldman, J.P. Morgan, Qatalyst, etc.)
- Finance major / 3.4 GPA
- Internships throughout school (M&A deal sourcing, asset management, VC, Corporate Strategy Summer Analyst at a BB, PE before graduation and then recruited full-time for an MM in NYC)
In retrospect, I've come to realize that branding DOES matter, but there are a variety of ways to brand yourself well without going to a target school. For example, strong internships, flawless preparation when opportunities do arise and a good narrative can overcompensate for school pedigree.
To summarize my path, I focused most of my efforts on gaining hands-on experience, having internships that were relevant to IB, networking with professionals / individuals at my academic institution who might be able to help, and having a detailed execution plan.
Please feel free to ask any questions.
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Member @Bull-Ish shares how he built up a robust internship profile and networked aggressively throughout his undergraduate studies to help him break into an elite boutique investment bank from a complete non-target with a 3.4 GPA. How he was able to secure an offer even after bombing multiple investment banking superdays and what happened when he had to leave unexpectedly from his analyst stint.