In DUBAI, NO Experience, Gap-year student @ 2nd Year of University wanting to land INTERNSHIP in a BANK/CONSULTING/COMPANY

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5/25/17

Ok, here's how it works. Blackstone, Goldman and KKR are not going to spend time on a kid from a Dubai-based university, when they have applicants from Harvard, LSE and Stanford gunning for jobs. Or people with 10 years of finance experience trying to break into associate roles. You're better off trying to gun for a Masters in Finance from a top university in Europe or the US or Asia (like the IIT/IIMs in India, or HKUST/NUS/NTU/Tsinghua).

Plus you have an 81% in high-school. Dunno what is CBSE, but anything below 90% in high-school equivalents is a goner. Not that it matters really. Hope this helps.

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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5/25/17

Do you work in Nusr'Et? That's the only place I know of where your life would be at steak.

For starters, try learning how to spell words - pitchbooks get ripped apart thanks to typos. Next, transferring is a good option. Nail the SAT, try giving the GMAT/GRE and nail that 4.0. I'm guessing you're either in Middlesex or Heriot-Watt, both of which are poor universities compared to their US/UK counterparts.

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."

 
5/26/17

Try for a transfer to Canada or the UK. And consider a student loan to pay for undergrad.

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."

 
6/4/17

I interned in DIFC. DIFC has a hard-on for CFA guys and kids from top Western universities. I've seen very few people break in from non-target places.

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."

 
6/4/17

I waited outside the firm's office after emailing the dude, scheduled a coffee chat, showed some models I had built which were relevant then, and got an offer to work unpaid. The firm did not have a structured process in the DIFC office for internships, and the intern was more of a BO role as what most people on this forum would characterize it. Ended up getting the job soon after, although I had to go through the normal recruiting process to nail it. Note, I had previous finance experience in a major bank in a major finance city in Asia prior to this.

GS won't take freshmen, nor will any other firm. Local firms will take sophs, but international firms and BBs will take juniors alone. Also, you'll not be competing with guys from Dubai alone - these internships open to kids from all places, USA, UK, Europe, etc.

Working in a local bank is not an issue if you're working for one of the big brand names (ENBD, NBAD, FGB, etc). From a local bank, if you're in a client facing role, it will be very easy for you to move into BB (though not IBD). IBD roles are almost exclusively reserved for kids from top US and UK universities.

Also, from my initial impressions of the two of you, it seems you both are likely whiny desperate Indian kids (I checked what CBSE is) from the same school or so. On an initial character assessment, I'm seeing extremely retarded statements coming from both of you (unless you're both the same character, which seems highly likely). Please, please, please do not showcase this desperation to DIFC professionals - they are far more unforgiving than the typical banker/consultant in NYC/LON.

Also helps to know intermediate level Arabic. I'm Asian too (not Indian), but learning Arabic has been a major plus during recruiting, even for London.

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."

 
6/5/17

Well you could try what I did - send emails to folks asking for a chat, ask them to connect with you, keep in touch shortly thereafter, ask them for an intern soon, nail the intern. It's really easy if you know how to converse, but as I said earlier, I'm still quite unsure as to whether you kids will be able to pull off a conversation or not. Just as a cue, most of my initial discussion with my MD (who finally became my intern boss and then one of my mentors) was not centred around finance or experience or anything, but a then recent acquisition in the defence space, upon which I had created one of my models.

And it's really hard for guys without a Western degree to break in. Don't count on getting the intern in Dubai, when you're in college here. Focus more on nailing the transfer to Canada/UK (UK preferred because many colleges here have OCR for Dubai offices) and getting a high GPA.

I bet you kids haven't been able to pick up European chicks in Dubai :).

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."

 
6/5/17
 
6/5/17

Ikr? These kids have been oozing desperation since setting foot on this forum a few days back. Maybe @FratLord should give them advice on boosting confidence and picking up chicks and MILFs.

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."

 
6/5/17

I so badly want to roast this kid, but damn, this Patel is honest af.

Btw what did you mean blogging? Here? On WSO? Haha

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."

 
6/5/17

Cold-calling

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."

 
6/6/17

Check out my AMA then, I s'ppose.

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."

 
6/6/17

You're beeing way too kind with your responses! I just can't get over his comments. At least he gave himself a 6/10 rating.

 
6/6/17

I would actually put it at 3/10, now, coming to think of it. I just hope he changes for better to recruit anywhere.

So I try to get any MD's number from somewhere and call him randomly to give me an intern position? If the call went bad, or he found me to be some kind of a creep, I guess 90% my chance of being in that firm is OVER.

How did you find the number? Can you tell me your story anonymously so I can better understand? PLEASE.

Kid doesn't understand that his chances are at 0% to begin with if he doesn't make the call. Plus the random capitalization and emphasis on unimportant words. Plus the cringey begging.

To kid, I didn't want to answer your question (quoted above) simply because now I'm leaning more towards grilling the shish tawook out of you. I can't answer these questions, simply because it is very clear you haven't referred to these forums for advice on cold-calling. I mowed these forums inside-out when I was in your stage. But it's clear you're clearly not into putting the least minimum effort required to secure a job in DIFC. There are a shit ton of threads here on WSO and outside which focus on the art of cold-calling.

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."

 
6/6/17

@themonleyking he found the md's number in yellow pages. When you find the one you're looking for, call him and demand an internship it's your right.

 
6/6/17

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