Introduction & Request for Advice

Hello all!

I am currently a graduate student working towards my master's degree (specifically, an M.A. in something akin to strategic management) from a target school while working a full time job in the tech space. I have become increasingly interested in the finance industry, particularly investment banking. I am very interested in the structure and inner workings of organizations (hence my chosen field of study) and want to apply my knowledge in the finance space to advise clients across many different industries on deals. Given my lack of finance credentials and the fact that my degree is not a top MBA, I know breaking in will likely prove to be an uphill battle. I would appreciate any advice or insight you could provide. I have kept my introductory post purposefully brief and vague to maintain anonymity. If anyone is interested in DM'ing for more information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you all in advance.

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Oct 28, 2019

great

Oct 28, 2019

What's great?

Oct 31, 2019

Anyone?

Nov 9, 2019

Not giving up!!!

Nov 9, 2019

Why not management consulting?

Nov 12, 2019

celtics2007:
Why not management consulting?

I have considered that very strongly, as well. And am wondering if I would be taken more seriously as a candidate if I worked in MC for a few years first before trying to move into IBD. Is such a transition doable? I'll say this much, if I can't break into high finance, I would definitely want to break into management consulting instead.

Nov 12, 2019

I personally haven't met any bankers who are ex-consultants so I think that would be less likely. I however have met many PE folks who were consultants!

Nov 9, 2019

Unfortunately for you, entrance to IBD nowadays seems to be a race starting from freshman undergrad

You can still try to network as much as possible and try to break in, but that's hoping to get lucky and in summary a low quality strategy

Nov 12, 2019
Djcnrledi:

Unfortunately for you, entrance to IBD nowadays seems to be a race starting from freshman undergrad

You can still try to network as much as possible and try to break in, but that's hoping to get lucky and in summary a low quality strategy

I figured as much. I'm wondering if there's something I could do to make my resume more palatable to recruiters/hiring managers. Financial modeling courses? Certification exams?

Nov 12, 2019
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