How to not get stuck at VP

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How do you avoid getting stuck at VP in an investment banking career? It's the most common level to get stuck at, and getting stuck is a problem due to the up-or-out environment of IB. What tips do you have for progressing into the upper levels of investment banking?

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Mar 25, 2020

OP based on your post history I'd worry about getting an internship offer first before worrying about this

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Mar 25, 2020

lmaoooo

Mar 25, 2020

Yep, you got me there. I figure you can never plan too much, so I'd rather know everything about a job rather than only focusing on the next step.

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Mar 25, 2020

The sooner you recognize that its a sales/relationship job, the better positioned you are for a long term career. I've seen a lot of stuck VPs and its often because they want to think their job is all about analysis and process management. Those skills cap out at associate, the bank doesn't need to pay a VP 500k to check models and check boxes. Need to be good at interacting with clients and helping the MDs win pitches.

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Mar 27, 2020

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Mar 27, 2020

From what I've seen, good VPs recognize that at some point they need to start transitioning from a pure execution role into a relationship / sales role - they start sourcing more and thinking more big picture in terms of new verticals the group can transition into, developing their own network more (and having something to show for it), etc.

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Mar 30, 2020

are summer analysts, analysts and/or associates more likely to be promoted/hired/given preferential treatment because they show this potential early on?

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Mar 30, 2020

Certainly not analysts and I think it would be hard for an associate to demonstrate that potential in a way that is given heavy weight in evaluations. Sure, on the margins it can help a bit. But associates looking to get ahead should focus more on execution and less on looking like future MD material.

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Mar 30, 2020
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