former GS IBD analyst offering mentorship
Hey all - I used to frequent WSO a ton back in the day when I was recruiting to be an SA. I ended up spending a summer and then going full-time at GS before jumping to the buyside in VC/Growth Equity. I'm now headed to Stanford GSB for my MBA and have a bit of free time on my hands.
Coming from a mid-target (UNC), I remember how stressful the process was, especially because I had so few mentors and had to learn everything through trial-and-error.
That recruiting experience ended up stoking my passion for mentorship and financial literacy, both of which I am grateful for getting me to where I am today. During my time at the GSB, I'm planning to start a venture that leverages technology to democratize access to the world of finance.
As a result, I'm putting together a cohort of ~20-25 students to coach into 1) locking down an SA offer and then 2) heading into your summer guns blazing for an FT offer. The program will be entirely free, as through coaching our cohort, I'll be able to learn what aspects of recruitment prep/financial learning can be automated via technology and what pain points we can solve for future students to come.
The program (1-3 hrs/week) will cover:
Fundamentals/Technicals: Not just the answer to the $10 D&A expense question, but more importantly why D&A flows through - a granular understanding of the mechanics that drive finance
Getting your Resume right: Using the right action verbs, quantifying your successes, and nitpicking over perfect formatting
Interview Soft Skills: What are the key tells that you're going to 'fit' in IB culture? How do you talk the talk and play the system? This was the key thing we always looked for. Every smart kid can list off technicals - but who do we want to work with and who do we think is going to hustle?
Locking in a FT Offer: After locking you down an SA gig, how do we make sure you shine amongst your class as a top bucket intern? How do you balance the right amount of asking questions, doing good work, but not getting in your First Year's way? How do you get on the Partner/MD's radar without being a tryhard?
If you're interested, please shoot me a DM on LinkedIn.
If you end up joining the cohort, all I ask is that you be studious, respect my and the rest of your cohorts' time, and provide feedback on how we can productize your learning experience via technology so that future recruits can have the same access to learning that you'll get through our time together.