Here is my story. I am from an ultra-non target state school, graduated with a business degree with a 3.0 GPA. I successfully landed anjob at an LA based lower MM shop a few months after graduation. I was fired after 3 months for poor performance - I was the sole analyst at my bank with zero horizontal support or training, and it was one of the hardest emotional times of my life. That does not excuse my performance issues, but may provide more color onto why I had difficulty performing on the job.
Needless to say, my story was difficult to tell, but my staffer assured me given the short tenure, they would call it a "reduction in force." I studied my technicals and modeling hard, and began my search for a lateral position. Went through a dozen interviews to no avail, until I got an offer letter and signed it yesterday.
I am happy to say I have accepted an IBD offer from a MM M&A firm in the city - they are taking me on for a trial period to gauge my effectiveness. I start in 2 days and I would appreciate any advice anybody may have to surviving and excelling in this new role.