Full Time Offer, at last! Thanks WSO!

Here's my story:

I will be graduating this semester from a non-target university, majoring finance and accounting, with a decent gpa (3.5 up). I started networking last summer, searching for that IBD full time offer. I was even considering delaying my graduation for one semester with the purpose of landing a summer analyst internship. I really wanted that job in NYC so I took the WSP Advanced Financial Modeling courses, which I knew could help me ace those technical interview questions.

I applied to a URM finance program that places students in BB and F500 jobs. I got rejected. I networked very hard, met bankers, asset managers, and other professionales related to the finance industry, but no response. I contacted head hunters and recruiters via Linkedin, but no response. Even though my main interest was PE, how could I break into PE if I couldn't break into Banking.

I even registered to take the GMAT next August, and apply to some MSF, thinking that I wasn't going to get any job. I kept on networking, this time with local PE shops and boutique advisory firms. I sent e-mails, called, sent resumes, got a couple of interviews but got rejected. A couple of weeks ago a PE shop offered me an interview for a full-time analyst position. I was very excited but nervous during the interview. I interviewed with an analyst, associates and the head partner. They called me back for a second round interview with the other partner of the firm.

I thought, even if I know financial modeling and im good at Excel, my only experience is working in the family business, where I learned to operate the business and improved my sales skills, but I didn't have any finance experience. Last week I received an offer to work with the PE shop I interview with. It was the best feeling ever!! Even though I know I have the potential, when doors close, sometimes it's hard to be positive, but you know what, you can't stop trying.

Even though I don't post much in WSO, I read EVERYTHING you guys post. I want to thank all WSO users that help us Prospective Monkeys improve our interview skills and learn more about how things roll on Wall Street. A few tips for those of you that haven't secured a FT or SA.

Network, Network, Network....Cold call, email, linkedin...any source...just try, try and try. you will get it, doesn't matter if you are from a non-target..Never give up.......!! Thanks WSO.

Comments (36)

May 14, 2012 - 8:47pm

Congrats. I am very happy for you. Do keep us posted with your progress.

"I am the hero of the story. I don't need to be saved."
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May 14, 2012 - 9:16pm

Congratulations man!

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May 14, 2012 - 9:33pm

Congrats! Love to hear success stories. Hope to be posting my own next year.

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
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May 14, 2012 - 10:34pm

Congrats dude

People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis, you can't trust people Jeremy
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May 17, 2012 - 6:25am

Best of luck man. Now that you're in industry, I hope you join us more on the boards.

aaaww just missed the banana frenzy cutoff :(

Moving tonnes of product. Making fat stacks.
May 14, 2012 - 11:35pm

Congrats man! Always great to hear a non-target success story

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
May 15, 2012 - 1:37am


Is the PE firm based in Puerto Rico? That would be interesting. I never knew any fund based there. Do you guys invest in the U.S or The Caribbean/Latin America as well? What sectors do you focus on?

And yeah felicitaciones y buena suerte!

Too late for second-guessing Too late to go back to sleep.
May 15, 2012 - 5:00am

Congrats! WSO is truly a great resource. Glad things worked out for you.


May 15, 2012 - 10:01pm

Super congrats!

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P) Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)
May 16, 2012 - 1:54pm

Congrats! :) not even comparable to an analyst position (which is what i want someday) But this post just gave me hope and motivation to get a teller position this month. I'm sick of construction.. :P

I think there are better ways to do what you are trying to do. Take that drive and go get your Bachelors if you don't have it already or go get your Masters; working as a teller will not lead to an analyst position. Not trying to be harsh, but if you want to be an analyst, personal banking is equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot.

May 16, 2012 - 2:07pm

Hahaha you can see the point in the thread where OP runs out of SB's.

To OP congrats on all of your hard work paying off!

I'm like one of them marriage counselors. Charge by the hour to tell some fool he needa bring some flowers home. Then charge another hour telling the bitch she oughta suck some cock every little once in a while. Keep a marriage strong like that. -Prop Joe
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