Recently changed my username. I am quite ecstatic about my recent offer in Equity Research and decided to add my experience/story to the knowledge pool. Mainly because WSO was instrumental in helping me decide which b-schools to apply to, how to form a story and network.
A quick recap of my journey without revealing too much.
Engineer from a no-name university. Internships in engineering, not remotely applicable to finance. Didn't really enjoy working in engineering, decided I needed a change, so I thought about b-school. This is where WSO came in.
By reaching out to users and reading the forums, I had figured out what programs I was suited for (MSF) and which schools would be best (Vandy, Villanova, WUSTL etc..). I even met my future classmates through WSO.
Coming from a non-traditional background, WSO was critical in forming my story and how to approach networking/interviewing. Not to mention what type of finance I would actually want to do. Through tons of practice cold emailing and calling, I formed some great relationships and eventually perfected my story. It got to the point where it was effortless and genuine at the same time.
After networking and interviewing, I got an offer to do what I wanted, which is.
Keeping it short, this site provides a near invaluable source of knowledge for those looking to get into finance. And without WSO, I'm almost certain I would not be in finance today.
Also kudos to those who "get" my username.