AMA: Non-Target Former Investment Banking Associate now on Buyside

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Rank: Monkey | 32

Hey WSO Community,

Starting up a new thread here to share my story as a non-target student to bank examiner to Big 4 to finally landing an IB role. Happy to answer any questions you may have.


  • Non-target school in the NY Metro Area with non-existent IB presence
  • No IB internships, therefore started career as a bank examiner (*yes it was as painful as it sounds*)
  • Moved into Big 4 then IB before landing current buyside role
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    Member @Wallstreet18 had no clue what investment banking even was when he graduated from his non-target MBA program in 2010. Learn how he was able to pivot into the Big4 Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) group and then lateral to a middle market investment bank. What each transition was like and why he actually craved more hours.

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    Look forward to answering your questions