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If you were to start all over again, what would you pursue and why?

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The title basically says it all. What would you do differently if you were freshly out of school today versus back when you started your career if your goal was just to make as much money or be successful as possible? Curious to hear from people on WSO who are further along in their career then most.

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Oct 19, 2017

I'd probably go for being a Connect 4 champion. Not just to gain local fame and dominance in bar games and bar chicks, but to discover what it truly means to connect four.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 22, 2017
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Oct 19, 2017

I was a first gen-student at any ivy league school, and I didn't even understand what the difference between hedge funds, IB's, PE were, or how/when they recruited at my campus. I guess that's what happens when your parents didn't attend college and were poor lol. I wish I knew all the shit I know now when I was a college freshmen back in the days.

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Oct 20, 2017

lol why the monkey shit??

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Oct 23, 2017

Because people on here want to believe you didn't make it and they did because they're better than you. Something something personal responsibility something something started from the bottom now I'm here.

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Oct 20, 2017

I would have majored in engineering in college. Doesn't matter whether you go to a target or a non-target, engineering is an impressive degree.

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Oct 20, 2017

I probably would've studied aerospace engineering like I had planned to, but likely would've ended up in consulting anyways. Alternatively maybe continued down the applied math route and done a PhD

Oct 20, 2017

would've gone to med school to be a medical examiner / coroner.

Oct 21, 2017

I was a practicing MD (medical doctor), did a rotation in Forensic Pathology with a Coroner many years back. The job gets old pretty fast. Being surrounded by dead bodies, and then cutting them open for an autopsy, is not something I'd want to do for rest of my life. However, a rotation there does give you a perspective on life.

Also, a few of my friends found the environment pretty queasy.

Oct 20, 2017

wouldn't change dick
edit: should have fucked even more before marriage

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Oct 21, 2017

Who did you fuck ?

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Oct 20, 2017

have a few, one that comes to mind: lived near Shanghai after graduation (2005-06), entrepreneur opportunities seemed wide wide open back. we started a business teaching business-english at companies for ~30/hr, couldve scaled that easily imo, no one was doing anything similar in my city at the time

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Oct 20, 2017

This... had I started a chain of private preschools in Beijing in 2009 I would be on 30-under-30 by now.

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Oct 20, 2017

yeah it was easy easy money back then, but I wasn't ready, no regrets. not sure what the environment is like now, and i'm sure there are other countries with this type of potential (eg Myanmar) just depends on your willingness to hunt it down

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Oct 21, 2017

Myanmar isn't a country with that many hot opportunities. I'll repeat, NOT!

Go for Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and maybe Cambodia. Countries where there are growing shifts towards greater industrialization and manufacturing. Not f***ing Myanmar.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Oct 29, 2017

You're spot on about Myanmar

Oct 21, 2017

Very interesting.

"Every dog has it's day."
Oct 20, 2017

Bought Bitcoin

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Oct 21, 2017

Second this.

"Every dog has it's day."
Oct 22, 2017

Lol I sold fake IDs in high school and a few years I had a few bitcoins when they were trading at like 200-250 a coin. I sold them all thinking my few thousand profit was amazing. If I'd only held on for a few years......

Oct 24, 2017

buy now, you're so funny :')

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Oct 27, 2017

I fucked up here... started looking into it in spring 2013, around $60 per bit coin...

Oct 20, 2017

I would have done the PhD route.

Oct 20, 2017

Investment banking at a top BB or EB out of undergrad. Without a question.

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Oct 21, 2017

Lol I love the subtle prestige-whore trolling you do on here.

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Oct 21, 2017

See @AndyLouis , had this confused Vietnamese user learnt how to speak English, we would have had another "amazing" contributor to this forum.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Oct 21, 2017

Out of high school - I would remain a Professional Gamer, or at least rotate to some other role in the industry.

Out of university - I would not change my career path. Probably would reconsider choices made about a year ago, but even they taught me valuable lessons.

Oct 21, 2017

Graduated in Electrical Engineering first and always wanted to work around my passion - cars, trucks, motorcycles or anything like that. After IBD I had a few years in the automotive industry but ended up back in finance.

My other interest area would've been casino, hospitality and gaming (innovation). Needless to say that opportunities in this space are rare and very much depending on the region.

Oct 23, 2017

Bump

Oct 21, 2017

Assuming money weren't an object I would have loved to get a PHD in clinical psychology to become a clinical psychologist. Unfortunately I couldn't imagine asking my parents for 4 more years worth of financial support until I could collect a grad degree and start working a paid job.

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Oct 21, 2017

Would you be able to get funding? I've applied for a PhD but will only attend if I get funding and don't have to relocate.

Oct 21, 2017

Never looked into it, I just took the finance fast track instead because I needed to start paying for my own groceries.

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Oct 21, 2017

If money wasn't an object, I'd become a college professor with some small entrepreneurial projects on the side.

Oct 22, 2017

My old professor did that for years (he sold mobile technology and patents to large blue-chips in the 1990s/2000s) - it is very lucrative but also low-stress. Also not very competitive because you are one of the few in your area of work.

Oct 23, 2017
Gumball3000:

it is very lucrative but also low-stress

don't you mean AND, that can't be a bad thing

Oct 22, 2017

Probably would've been an Econ, IT, or management major. Finance dept is dog shit at my school lol. From a curriculum standpoint it really makes no difference considering you can learn everything you need from Rosenbaum, WSP, WSO, etc. I still would've ended up in the same spot. Accounting is really overkill outside of the major courses relevant to finance. I'd probably have more fun with the non-finance students. Finance students here are weird hardos who think frats will get their low gpa and zero experience to GS IBD or something even more difficult like HF/PE.

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Oct 23, 2017

Pro cyclist

Oct 23, 2017

I definitely would have golfed more as a kid, but I doubt it would have made a difference.

Honestly, I would aim for the exact same goal, I would just go about it far better and achieve it faster as a result.

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Oct 23, 2017

Three things:

1) I would've applied to more universities. I only applied to the best in my province.

2) Taken the opportunity to go abroad during my studies / in general travel more.

3) Learned a second language earlier.

Oct 23, 2017

Cared to find out if I had gotten into my top choice where I was on the wait list lol.

Oct 24, 2017

I would have put more effort towards figuring out what I wanted to do in life while I was in school. I pretty much just focused on grades and having fun without networking and working on career stuff. I kind of 'woke up' after starting work. My friends at school were all non-finance majors so I didn't think much about my career in finance, and I regret not putting more time in

Oct 24, 2017

went to community college for two years. Go to the best public college I could. Majored in Info Sys, minor in Econ. Go into tech sales right out of college in NYC/SF

Oh, and avoided love in college and just worried about studying and smashing.

Oct 24, 2017

I know a lot of people end up going to CC before and then transferring into good schools, but do you need more than just stellar grades? I'd imagine you'd need to do something else to stand out from other applicants, but idk what sorts of extracurriculars CCs offer.

Oct 28, 2017

Oh shit this one hits me spot on! I've been having regrets lately. I'm 23 years old and ~2 yrs out of college, had a stint as FX Trader in Int'l Treasury. Graduated at 20 since we start early here. I didn't have my head in the game so I burned out and resigned. Now I realized I wanna be in IB but even though I'm from a target school my grades are not stellar - GPA 2.9. and how I fucking wish I could go back to college, set my academics straight, practice financial modeling and making pitch books, network like hell and get IB internships.

I was actually interviewed in a boutique IB here back in college but I wasn't dead set so I didn't actively follow up or anything and just took another non-related internship offered to me. It's not to late but I got a lot of catching up to do. Shit

Oct 28, 2017

Gone to my home state school to study engineering for half the price of my useless poly sci degree from a private liberal arts school.

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Oct 28, 2017

Would have been a patriots fan ;P

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Oct 28, 2017

Dentist or Oral Surgeon. I am going to strongly imprint on my son that being a dentist is the way to go.

Oct 28, 2017

Why so? What do you do now?

Oct 30, 2017

My dentist was a financial planner before. He clearly made the right career transition.

Oct 29, 2017

Assuming I retain full knowledge of my career to date, and can re-start now, in 2017?

I'd return to school - either primary or secondary - and get my dyslexia diagnosis as a child, rather than as a 44 year old career changer.

This would get me the support I need to excel in my favourite subject (mathematics) instead of washing out with an average grade. I'd then do a BSc in Mathematics, possibly with a Cognitive Science minor/elective to harness my interest in psychology and computer science (this was possible only by a long and twisted route of MSc.s in the 1990s). Then I'd go straight into a neuroscience PhD, probably specialising in neuroinformatics (which pretty much didn't exist until after I had completed my PhD and begun post-doctoral work).

I'd be doing post-doctoral research at about 24 instead of 30, and - because I'd have got the support I needed for dyslexia - I'd have had a work-life balance instead of spending 100+hrs per week in my underground lab, painfully working through the mathematical side of my research, to the detriment of my health. As a result, I might have had a social life in my 20s and 30s, and probably wouldn't have been an elderly prima at 39 - and my one-and-only babe might have had the brother or sister he longs for.

Huge, major changes. I might even still be doing research, instead of being disabled.

Oct 30, 2017

The title of this thread makes it seem like you're a middle schooler asking for advice, haha. I was about to freak out.

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Oct 30, 2017

In order:

High School:
-I would have picked one of my two HS sports to do and done only that one. I was good at both of them but never truly spectacular at either. Furthermore, they both killed a ton of my time.
-With the new found time from quitting one of my sports, I would have studied way more.
-I would have taken the SAT one more time.
-I would have volunteered more.
-I would have tried to get a summer internship at my Dad's AM firm.

-I would have petitioned one of the schools that denied me and gone to a better University.

First year of Undergrad:
-I would have taken a few econ/accounting classes sooner.
-I wouldn't have worked at a Law Firm or a non-profit the summer after first year.

Second year of Undergrad:
-I would have done better. Taken a couple classes more seriously, etc.

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Oct 30, 2017

I would've bang as many 16 year olds as I could

Oct 30, 2017
SirBankalot:

I would've bang as many 16 year olds as I could

+1

Oct 30, 2017
unqwertyfied:

I would change absolutely nothing (excluding the banging hot girls thing). Wouldn't be who I am now if not for the fuck-ups/mistakes/bad-decisions I made.

+1

Oct 30, 2017
2226416:
unqwertyfied:

I would change absolutely nothing (excluding the banging hot girls thing). Wouldn't be who I am now if not for the fuck-ups/mistakes/bad-decisions I made.

+1

+2 - One of the saddest parts of leaving college for me was that it was the first time in my life I wouldn't have done anything differently. My experience was awesome, it had its ups and downs, but I had great profs, great friends, a great team, and an amazing fraternity.

If anything I'd go back and do it all over again exactly the same because I enjoyed it so much. For everyone still in college, you should definitely work hard, but also enjoy your time there. One of my best friends, who's now at M/B/B, is really happy he's there, but if he could go back he said he'd go out more. To each their own though.

Oct 30, 2017
SirBankalot:

I would've bang as many 16 year olds as I could

What exactly does being back in high school have to do with banging down 16 year olds?? Still seems achievable to me.

Regards

Oct 30, 2017

I wouldn't have been a huge jerk to the hottie who I could have gotten with. I would have done homework. I wouldn't have broken a girl's heart junior year, as I'm stuck in the friend zone now. I would have hit up the CEO of an MM that went to the same HS/ Country Club for an internship. I would have hooked up with the 2 MILFs at said country club rather than being conscientious.

Oct 30, 2017

I would've tried, actually done homework, and probably finished top 10 overall in my class if I gave any effort. I was lazy and finished top 10% but not that high at all. Oh yea, then I would go to a target school instead of this current non-target.

Oct 30, 2017

I would change absolutely nothing. Wouldn't be who I am now if not for the fuck-ups/mistakes/bad-decisions I made.

Oct 30, 2017
unqwertyfied:

I would change absolutely nothing. Wouldn't be who I am now if not for the fuck-ups/mistakes/bad-decisions I made.

agreed!!! only thing would probably have to be is not have stayed with my girlfriend for as long as did...missed out on other poon

Oct 30, 2017

^ o ya if I had actually tried in HS and early college I would still be trying to do Biomed engineering/pre-med... haha I quickly realized that wasn't the path for me.

Oct 30, 2017

I would of played lacrosse and joined a frat.

Thats probably it.

Oct 30, 2017

I would have had sex with erica, vanessa, sandra, skai, melissa, melissa, maja, kate, laura, larissa, jenna, courtney, alessandra, liliana, amy, martina, martina, nicky, katie, bianca, magda, natalie, taylor, steph, paula, natasha, and mimi....

I'm sure there are more but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

Oh and I would NOT have had sex with krisha.

Oct 30, 2017

Joining a fraternity was one of the best decisions of my life.

I would of gone out with this girl who I later found out was a virgin at the time she liked me. She later lost her virginity to her next boyfriend. The best part of it all would of been 4 years later interviewing with her dad at a financial advisory firm before I actually knew what they did there.

I would of tried to convince my parents to send me to a top notch prep school.

Oct 30, 2017
trackstar2k2:

I would of gone out with this girl who I later found out was a virgin at the time she liked me. She later lost her virginity to her next boyfriend. The best part of it all would of been 4 years later interviewing with her dad at a financial advisory firm before I actually knew what they did there.

You would have dated her solely because she was a virgin? What was wrong with her when you didn't know that she was a virgin?

Oct 30, 2017
CitySophisticate:
trackstar2k2:

I would of gone out with this girl who I later found out was a virgin at the time she liked me. She later lost her virginity to her next boyfriend. The best part of it all would of been 4 years later interviewing with her dad at a financial advisory firm before I actually knew what they did there.

You would have dated her solely because she was a virgin? What was wrong with her when you didn't know that she was a virgin?

didn't want a gf at the time

Oct 30, 2017

I would have studied harder freshmen year and join either a business or social frat.

Oct 30, 2017

High School:

  • Stopped being a complete waste of time and actually done a lot more studying.
  • picked better courses and focused more on joining clubs.
  • Instead of doing the British system, done SATs and APs and gone to an American College where 'education' is better.
  • Worked towards getting into an Ivy College.
Oct 30, 2017

I would have actually pushed harder for my case to play football, since I knew all the coaches and all my friends played too (my parents would only let me play one sport- basketball)

Oct 30, 2017

I pledged a frat and I wish I hadn't. Guess it's one of those grass is greener things.

Oct 30, 2017

I had a pretty dazed and confused type of high school - no question it shaped who I am, and I've had a great time from hs to college. Prob would have gone to a bigger party school for college - but ive done pretty damn well career wise so i cant complain (and I got a huge scholarship, so debt free living in nyc now)

Kids - banking will always be here for you - your youth and period of carelessness will not. When I was an intern, I had every miserable associate and VP tell me how lucky i was to go back to college for a year. When I went into M&A full time - the only times I felt good were when I thought about the fun I had in high school and college.

No job, degree, salary can seriously replace the fun, carelessness, recklessness and joy of being in high school. The shenanigans I pulled and insane stuff (for a 17 year old) is priceless - and most importantly, those experiences shape who you are later in life.

For the record - in one of my interviews, an MD asked me what was the craziest thing I had ever done. Story about some absurd high school prank had him in tears laughing - offer shortly after.

Oct 30, 2017
weeds499:

For the record - in one of my interviews, an MD asked me what was the craziest thing I had ever done. Story about some absurd high school prank had him in tears laughing - offer shortly after.

Nice - care to share?

Oct 30, 2017

i would have aced every class, regardless of the partying

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"Those who say don't know, and those who know don't say."

Oct 30, 2017

-I would have done all my homework in HS to get all A's since most of our grades came from it and I never did any of it.
-I should have banged the teacher that asked me out to dinner.
-I wish I took all my engineering courses at an acredited school, never thought I'd be persuing finance until I got a partner position at a Mechanical company and realized I wanted way more.

Oct 30, 2017

This thread just makes me sad.

Oct 30, 2017
Edmundo Braverman:

This thread just makes me sad.

+1

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Oct 30, 2017

I would've went ahead and got that prescription for adderall back in 8th grade.

Oct 30, 2017

I think I would apply to HYP...

Oct 30, 2017

Tell parents to send me to a prep high school that places well into top universities
Know about the field of consulting or finance in high school
Study hard in high school and go to a target univ on a scholarship, grants, minimized loans
Major in economics/finance
Graduate with no student loan debt
Meet more girls

Oct 30, 2017

I would have used a condom..

Oct 30, 2017
  1. get to know more ppl in HS and focused on one sport 2. been more on my toes at the start of college 3. get interested in finance earlier(rather than start of last winter break)
Oct 30, 2017

-Stuck to my internet business instead of selling it for a couple thousand bucks back in the 10th grade. The guy who owns it now is rolling in dough...that piece of shit. I wouldn't even need to be in I-Banking now (probably wouldn't even be working at all).

-Volunteered more during all that free time

-Taking up a major that I would have found enjoyable (Astrophysics, history, philosophy, etc..) instead of finance

-Be nicer to all the kids I picked up

-Not be a complete jackass to my parents during my teen years

Theres more but those are the major ones.

Oct 30, 2017
Mezz:

Stuck to my internet business instead of selling it for a couple thousand bucks back in the 10th grade. The guy who owns it now is rolling in dough...that piece of shit. I wouldn't even need to be in I-Banking now (probably wouldn't even be working at all).

This is probably the only regret-worthy thing I've read in this whole thread (well, apart from the condom thing...but that's just plain stupid too). Guys posting about not going to HYP or getting average grades - you do realize 95% of the population regrets not being in your position, yea?

Oct 30, 2017
SirBankalot:

I would've bang as many 16 year olds as I could

Edmundo Braverman:

This thread just makes me sad.

Best comments so far.

Oct 30, 2017

Actually drove by a Delorean yesterday. Past is prologue. This weekend I'm baggin an 18 year old and punching some random in the grill. Long live testosterone and acting "stupid".

Oct 30, 2017
Midas Mulligan Magoo:

Past is prologue.

I thought about this and I really like it. +1 for Shakespeare reference.

Oct 30, 2017

I would have worked harder in college. My undergrad GPS has created an uphill battle since, though I was able to overcome it.

Oct 30, 2017

I am depressed now

Oct 30, 2017

I wouldn't have pumped 80 grand of my parent's money into the dot-com bubble while experimenting with salvia one night....

Oct 30, 2017

I wouldn't have been a Bills fan.

Just kidding. Go Bills!

Oct 30, 2017
CapToed:

I wouldn't have been a Bills fan.

Just kidding. Go Bills!

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Oct 30, 2017

I would've done everything exactly the same. Except for clicking in this thread.

Oct 30, 2017

I still bang 18 yr olds just because its legal

Oct 30, 2017

Established stronger bonds with my buddies
Made more female friends
More strategic in my dating selection
Take 9 hours a semester in college instead of 15 hours
Play more basketball, spend less time just lounging around
Take boxing lessons

Oct 30, 2017

I really regret impregnating Troll's mom. I'm sorry WSO, I am the reason Troll posts here.

Oct 30, 2017

I would borrow money and buy google like a mofo.

Oct 30, 2017

Seems like the general consensus is getting grades and banging broads... I'll have to dissent and say there were two girls I'd really liked to have to settled down with. That being said, there's a ton of experiences that have shaped who I am and none I truly regret - though it's difficult to say except in the very long run.

Oct 30, 2017

I would have hid those bodies in a better spot

Oct 30, 2017

I'd have learned more languages sooner. If I were to reallocate just a fraction of the hours I spent watching tv / playing video games growing up, I'd be fluent in multiple languages.

Outside of that, I really can't complain too much.

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Oct 29, 2017

Would've taken more CS classes to see if I was good at coding. Working in tech sounds so much nicer than finance.

Oct 30, 2017

In general, the more quantitative, the more versatile. People will be more impressed and take you more seriously if you have a more quantitative/difficult degree. So CS or Math recommended

Oct 30, 2017

It really just depends on where you want to get hired. I am in the least quant degree imaginable (interdisciplinary liberal arts) and I received an offer for an internship within a BB IBD. If you're smart and they like you, the BB will train you.

Just some food for thought so you don't get locked into something you don't like

Oct 30, 2017

being an econ major at my school is like taking upper-level math classes, and i knew i wouldn't get a good GPA in it once i started taking departmental courses. so i'm majoring in english and getting a good GPA, playing to my strengths. if it were offered at my university, i would have considered majoring in business or finance.

i will say that i have no regrets about majoring in english though. definitely made me a more interesting, introspective, thoughtful person than i was before, and i think i'm better at communication.

Oct 30, 2017

Assuming I could have gotten into an Ivy, I would have majored in either English or history.

Oct 30, 2017
Sil:

Assuming I could have gotten into an Ivy, I would have majored in either English or history.

sounds suuuuper boring I don't know how people do that stuff

then again my dad studied english at an Ivy, but redeemed himself by playing football there and becoming a Navy Pilot

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Oct 30, 2017

If I could go back, I would major in either Finance or Econ/Math from a Target School. Unfortunately, I am still suffering from the Non-Target curse and have to get a Masters to Redeem myself.

Oct 30, 2017

I would have found this site and M&I much earlier and networked a lot harder

Oct 30, 2017
Bobb:

I would have found this site and M&I much earlier and networked a lot harder

This x1000

Oct 30, 2017

i would have studied computer science and gotten at a silicon valley startup.

Oct 30, 2017
persimmon:

i would have studied computer science and gotten at a silicon valley startup.

You already know.

Oct 30, 2017

I would've started juicing earlier.

Oct 30, 2017
Flake:

I would've started juicing earlier.

This one I didn't miss. Thanks, coach!

Oct 30, 2017

I might have just started a nice sports bar and grill in Chicago or a suburb. A few times now I've said something about the lack of a good place to go in a specific area and sure enough, each time a place has come in and been very successful. Plus, I know its not all glitz and glamor, but I'd love to have a place to call mine and be able to enjoy a nice cash flow from a successful place.

I know it's not too late, but with a wife, house and good salary I'm getting pretty risk averse these days.

Otherwise, I would've networked a lot more and pushed my own boundaries.

Ohh, and studied abroad/traveled more.

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Oct 30, 2017

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

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Oct 30, 2017
UFOinsider:

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

You and I are so similar it's scary.

Oct 30, 2017
txjustin:
UFOinsider:

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

You and I are so similar it's scary.

saaaaaaaaaaaaaame

Oct 30, 2017
UFOinsider:

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

Does that mean you're breaking up with me?

Oct 30, 2017
Flake:
UFOinsider:

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

Does that mean you're breaking up with me?

LMAO

Oct 30, 2017

no homo

Oct 30, 2017
financialmanagement786:
Flake:
UFOinsider:

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

Does that mean you're breaking up with me?

LMAO

Flake:

I would change my high school girlfriend's face.

Why you hurt me so?

Oct 30, 2017
UFOinsider:

I would have gone to an Ivy league college and then military OCS. I took the advice of people I liked but didn't really respect and became one of them: I wasted the period of life from 17-26. Never again will I let anyone make ANY decision for me, or choose a relationship over my own development.

Funny, I would have done pretty much the exact same thing. I didn't want to go to college at all in high school, so I never had a really remarkable GPA or high SAT scores. I would redo high school, get killer grades, go to a top university, 4 years in the military, and then apply to MBA programs. I'm still considering OCS, but I'm a lot more unsure now since I'd be almost 31 when I finished b-school if I go that route.

"There are only two opinions in this world: Mine and the wrong one." -Jeremy Clarkson

Oct 30, 2017

Not waited this long to go to college :-p

Oct 30, 2017

Started networking during high school.

no way kimosabe, this is my house now --Brennan Huff

Oct 30, 2017

I am still an undergraduate student, but if I could do everything over again, I would get my head together in high school and make sure I get into a target. My problem was not that I was not intelligent enough, it was more so me not knowing anything of the real world. I would also make sure to find this website a lot earlier than I did.

Oct 30, 2017

The bottom line is that you can't "start all over again and do something differently." All you can do is change now.

I completely understand where you are coming from though, because I've definitely thought about this question (I mean hindsight is, well, 20/20). I'm just saying it's an unhealthy road to travel and only detracts from your current pursuits.

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - DT

Oct 30, 2017
beta26:

The bottom line is that you can't "start all over again and do something differently." All you can do is change now.

I completely understand where you are coming from though, because I've definitely thought about this question (I mean hindsight is, well, 20/20). I'm just saying it's an unhealthy road to travel and only detracts from your current pursuits.

I am NOT travelling this road NOR am I dwelling too much. Once in a while, I do think about it, so I was just thinking what other people think.

Oct 30, 2017
financialmanagement786:
beta26:

The bottom line is that you can't "start all over again and do something differently." All you can do is change now.

I completely understand where you are coming from though, because I've definitely thought about this question (I mean hindsight is, well, 20/20). I'm just saying it's an unhealthy road to travel and only detracts from your current pursuits.

I am NOT travelling this road NOR am I dwelling too much. Once in a while, I do think about it, so I was just thinking what other people think.

I think looking back and reflecting is human tendency and it is perfectly healthy. Also as beta26 pointed out that obsessing with such an idea is unhealthy, which is also true

Oct 30, 2017

I think it's important to look back to see where you fucked up and evaluate your current position based on that in order not to fall under the same path once again.

Oct 30, 2017

I would have taken the SATs and tried my best at getting into an industrial engineering program at a place like UCal-Santa Barbara or UIUC

Oct 30, 2017

double post

Oct 30, 2017

-Applied to more targets / Ivy league schools
-Found this site and M&I earlier
-Networked earlier
-Shorted the S&P last Friday

Oct 30, 2017

I wouldn't change a thing. Went to a CUNY school and graduated with no debt, in fact 5k in my bank, got a job immediately, then got a wall street offer and I've been here for 5+ years now. Alhamdulillah.

Oct 30, 2017

I'm with you shera, four years irrational social exuberance at state school. Still got to wall street and got paid to go to school. Wouldn't change a thing.

Oct 30, 2017

I would change my high school girlfriend's face.

Oct 30, 2017
Flake:

I would change my high school girlfriend's face.

Why you hurt me so?

Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017

Not waste high school years being a christian

Oct 30, 2017
blastoise:

Not waste high school years being a christian

hahaha

Oct 30, 2017

I would have came up with the idea for this website, kicked my ass in school to get into an ivy, and network my pants off.

Oct 30, 2017

Started a website were college kids could post drunk pictures of themselves and "poke" their classmates.

Oct 30, 2017
Cardinal:

Started a website were college kids could post drunk pictures of themselves and "poke" their classmates.

hahaha

Oct 30, 2017
blastoise:

Not waste high school years being a christian

LOL. Brilliant.

Oct 30, 2017

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 30, 2017

Nothing. I might not be in the best job I could have. But I'd rather be where I am than have regrets.

Oct 30, 2017

-chosen a different major
-studied abroad / traveled more
-networked wayyyy more

Oct 30, 2017
financialmanagement786:

If you were to start all over again, what would you have done differently in college or jobs or relationships or whatever?

Honestly? I would have gone to a strong, public, in-state liberal arts school like UVa or the College of William & Mary and opted for 1 of 2 paths:

1) Would have majored in history and anthropology and become a history professor
2) Would have majored in history and political science and gone to law school to become a real estate attorney or a corporate lawyer

My strengths are in the "left side" of the brain stuff but for some reason opted for a mathematics heavy direction and now I do stuff in that. It is what it is...

Oct 30, 2017

- Applied to targets I had a good shot at in high school
- Got into music earlier on
- Traveled a bit more

Oct 30, 2017

Took things a lot more seriously in high school, learned a bit more about myself in college and figure things out sooner, not cheated on my ex, etc.

Oct 30, 2017

I would probably go into some form of engineering instead of banking because it seems like there is such a strong demand for those skills these days. I don't know much about the pay scale but I imagine it can be pretty good.

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Oct 30, 2017

This

I probably would have done an engineering undergrad (civil or materials science) and then go to b-school and concentrate in finance or quantitative finance.

Oct 30, 2017

Still what i'm doing now, but would have gone about it a whole lot different.

Oct 30, 2017
Oreos:

Still what i'm doing now, but would have gone about it a whole lot different.

this

Oct 30, 2017

Still on wall street but as Oreos said, gone about it much differently. I remember thinking if I applied on 15 company websites I'd have numerous job offers...

Oct 30, 2017

I would have focused more on what company I would have wanted to be with for a few years as opposed to opting for a few extra thousand while knowing I was going to hate the firm and jumping ship early. Money is alot but it isn't everything about a job. Funny to be making that statement on this board.

Oct 30, 2017

Oreo, Bobb how would you have gone about it differently!?

Oct 30, 2017
10kentoo:

Oreo, Bobb how would you have gone about it differently!?

Stronger internships and better networking. I had a few strong finance related internships but they weren't in the area I was targeting post graduation. I also didn't understand the value of networking until after I graduated. Basically, I wish I was aware of this site back when I was in college.

Oct 30, 2017

I'm a Big 4 auditor, so obviously, I would have tried to do consulting out of undergrad. But this is the proverbial rabbit hole, because to do that I would have had to go about college differently, which means getting into a different one, which means doing high school/volunteer work differently, which means likely erasing and rewriting a lot of what makes me who I am.

Oct 30, 2017
rhen:

I'm a Big 4 auditor, so obviously, I would have tried to do consulting out of undergrad. But this is the proverbial rabbit hole, because to do that I would have had to go about college differently, which means getting into a different one, which means doing high school/volunteer work differently, which means likely erasing and rewriting a lot of what makes me who I am.

This is depressing...Big 4 auditor isn't so terrible in the grand scheme of things man.

Oct 30, 2017
bigblue3908:
rhen:

I'm a Big 4 auditor, so obviously, I would have tried to do consulting out of undergrad. But this is the proverbial rabbit hole, because to do that I would have had to go about college differently, which means getting into a different one, which means doing high school/volunteer work differently, which means likely erasing and rewriting a lot of what makes me who I am.

This is depressing...Big 4 auditor isn't so terrible in the grand scheme of things man.

You're absolutely right, of course, especially relatively speaking. Many people dream of having an opportunity to work for Big 4.

I just know I'm capable of more and I'll regret not going for it. Which is precisely why I wouldn't necessarily change anything about my past (except for the recruiting part of college).

Oct 30, 2017
rhen:

likely erasing and rewriting a lot of what makes me who I am.

I never really thought about this. Of course I wish that I was much more applied in high school and early college as well, but the experiences I had have made me who I am today, and I like who i am today. So that comment really made me think..

Oct 30, 2017

I probably would have been even more aggressive, covered more in less time, gotten to where I am now 2 or 3 years ago.

Oct 30, 2017

I probably would have stayed in college an extra year or two.

Oct 30, 2017

I wish I started reading WSO my freshman year of college or senior year of high school. It's been the best resource so far in my career.

Oct 30, 2017

I feel like I just read the testimonials page. If this comment isn't already there you should look into it!

I agree though. I just regret lurking for a year before posting.

Oct 30, 2017

work harder so I could be a megafund pe analyst rather than having to go through ibd first.

Oct 30, 2017

This dates a bit back, but:

- Tried harder in high school
- Interned in more relevant fields (IB/PE)
- Discovered WSO much sooner

Oct 30, 2017

I would have started networking when I was 16.

I would have also liked to take the entrepreneurial route to the top rather than finance. I still want to start a HF one day but that's not typically something you can do while you're young and most people that start HF's are rich by other means before they started. I'm talking about the feel good stories about the guy that dropped out of high school and and is now worth $10+ million from a business he built with his own hands. Think house flipper, construction, etc.

Competition is a sin.

-John D. Rockefeller

Oct 30, 2017

I wish I knew what I wanted to do about 1.5yr earlier so I would've prepared better, hit fewer bumps along the way and stressed a little bit less. I have to admit, though, that I made it as far as I wanted to so these are just "minor nits", as they say.

Oct 30, 2017

Step 1) Take loan, buy TSLA and NFLX futures
Step 2) Retire

Seriously, though... I would've worked harder in school. You know how they always say your GPA doesn't matter or it only counts for that first job and after that everyone only cares about your performance?

Bullshit.

Oct 30, 2017

Go out more than I did during training. I remember coming in kind of nervous wanting to impress and not going out as much as I could have. Granted, I still went out 2-3 times a week but there were times I held back/said no 'cause I was worried about this or that assignment or thing we had to do the next day. In reality, no one really gave a crap as to how we did in training (as long as you weren't failing the tasks).

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

Oct 30, 2017

Petroleum Engineering > Big Oil (while working less than 50 hrs week) > MBA > Profit

Oct 30, 2017

Go to a top public school and not give a shit about "how nice the campus looked."

Start driving towards finance from the getgo, and not "explore" other majors.

Rest would have fallen in line...

Oct 30, 2017

Gone to one of the top targets H/W and tried to enter the buyside post undergrad as a MF PE analyst. I would have been so glad I would have skipped IB be4 finally landing a role of my choice at a MM pe firm.

Oct 30, 2017

I have been told that IBD is the main way to get into PE. What would you have done or could advise me to do to go straight into PE or get an internship as PE analyst.

Oct 30, 2017

Buyside experience as an undergrad is tough to come by but they are a few PE/VC/HF that recruit at the undergrad level and all from top targets such as H/W/Y/S. I hope you are in one of the above. U gotta have a gr8 summer internship at MBB or GS/JPM/MS IB and a GPA above 3.85 to secure an interview at BX/Bain/Audax/Insight and a few other buyside firms.

Oct 30, 2017