I am a recent graduate from the furthest school from a target. I have zero corporate finance work experience. I never had a single internship. I was always working full-time jobs in college and was always more focused on making money than thinking about my future career. I somehow, miraculously, squeezed my way into a MM M&A firm. I am currently an "analyst on trial". Upon completion of 3 months of work, the firm will decide if they want to bring me on full time. I am working my ass off, but I haven't felt more lost in my life. I honestly have no idea what I am doing. It takes me forever to do simple PowerPoint or Excel tasks. My accounting knowledge is virtually nil and I am basically freaking out. I was given this golden opportunity and I feel like I am fucking it up. I am not sure if they expected to me to know absolutely nothing. I didn't lie on my resume or give misleading information. I just sold myself really well and killed the interview. I am learning more now than I have ever learned in my life, but how can I become more proficient??? Any suggestions in order to help me catch this learning curve quicker? Because I feel like the rug is being pulled out from beneath me and this may  be the only opportunity I get in IB. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

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Oct 14, 2021 - 6:24am

Hey there! first of all, congrats son grabbing this opportunity, it must be for a reason despite you discrediting yourself. I think you have many other competences you can bargain on to prove your value. That aside, I would advice doing short and interactive courses to learn the fundamentals of the Microsoft Office Pack ( many platforms offer this, LinkedIn..YouTube). This way, you can use the short time you have on weekends to grab the essentials (because honestly, at this point you wouldn't have time to go through a whole course). Do not be afraid to ask questions too! I may only be an intern but I know from experience they like to see someone interest and that is also th easiest way to understand what you're doing. Be confident in your work and it's a given to tell your supervisor to check what you did (you avoid making a big mistake, he will see your progress over time and you too).

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