List, closed, thank you all =)
Within 48 hours, we had 130+ applicants and 5 mentors.
--Using this thread for a "What do you want to learn/What would help you?" thread.
We're going to invite recruiters, MDs, VPs, to speak to mentees, do resume reviews, share contacts, etc.
Very excited for this class.
Why: This year WSO helped me out.
I want to return the favor.
Summary: This is a long-term mentorship/investment for the duration of 6 months.
- James (wolfy)
Mentors: Myself (more below), my two pals from Cornell and Claremont. --Asking for more mentors (personal favors) from friends in industry at Harvard, MIT, W&M, and UCLA. -- and of course, experienced WSO-ers willing to take on the time commitment.
Guest speakers (so far): Friends from targets (2008-2010 grads), Ex-Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Ex-McKinsey, Ex-Google, possibly recruiters from MS/GS/Barcap/Prop shops/MM IBD, WSO friends.
Contingency format: This experimental class, 2011-2012 will end in 6 mo., then you guys will be alums helping an new 2012-2013 class.
Tangible outcomes. An interview, polished resume, huge resume book (maybe legal issues), info. interview experience, shared rolodex, new network for life.
We're closing the list at 12AM Wed. Nov. 24 EST. Absolutely cannot take more requests after that. We have over 110+ requests.
Ideally: Our primary focus is on building networks (academic, institutional, social, digital influence) and nurturing relationships (Harris Williams going to bat). The rest: polish, technique, social skills, mock interviews, technicals, job banks, resources, field-trips (if we get there). The goal is to land a mentee an interview--then it's all on the mentee to close an internship/FT job. He/she is expected to pay it forward (explanation: not "pay it back," it's a movie with Kevin Spacey) for the younger class.
Update 2 (6PM Dec 2nd USA)
*The next steps
1. If you haven't received an email yet, please be patient!
2. Once you receive the email, send a resume and the completed Excel form.
3. All emails should be sent by Saturday.
We will interview/pyscho-check 30 shortlisted because of liability, personal info. we're going to share, etc, get to know you, etc.)
[Track record: 4 of my mentees received SA positions at BBs (hearing back today from GS's accelerated) and elite boutiques. 2 more are seniors who have landed strategy consulting offers. I'm looking for a new group for 2011-2012.
My previous employers are always looking for interns and new talent. I also have an extensive Asia rolodex. The tradeoff is you have to help somebody else later on and do a great job (so I don't look bad and you won't ruin it for the next guy). That's it.
Below is what I'm looking for, and you can post your stats or suggestions on what you want to learn, your difficulties, frustrations in the thread.
1.) Looking for 3 non-target, non-public Ivy, state school or obscure liberal arts students with a decent (3.4+) GPA. No freshmen please. Sophomores/Juniors.
2.) Looking for 1 target-Ivy or Ivy Plus (including MIT/Caltech/Williams/Amherst) freshman who is looking for a prop. trading, PWM, hedge fund, advertising, consulting internship. 3.8+ GPA. One of my MIT mentees (freshman, Course 6/15) swept 12 offers--it's possible, don't jump to conclusions.
3.) 2 Seniors who have the worst luck finding a job, who got turned down after all the superdays, and are basically screwed. GPA has to be a realistic 3.4+.
4.) 2 students with 2.8-3.3 GPAs (not exceeding) from a variety of backgrounds, who have done their homework and want a 2nd chance. Freshman-Senior.
When you PM me, PM which category you are in, with your email, so I can email everyone at once.
I'll send everyone an email, and start requesting resume, and we'll see if I can accommodate more than 8--maybe a large conference/Web-Ex call + I need to get the infrastructure going.
As you can see, these are some data points I'm using for research for an e-Book I'm writing for charity. Called "This Job is Yours, Jobless College Student."
Basically our mentor-mentee group,
- Gives you the notes/guides/career bank postings we all share. So if we have a BC/NYU/Columbia group, we'd trade EagleLink job postings, etc.
- Do mock interviews, case studies, informational interviewing. Sometimes it's better between friends to get the jitters out.
- Actually introduce you to decision makers. They're looking for headcount and familiarity. I want to build relationships and teach others to do the same.
- Mentees in turn, build their own rolodex and share it with out network. It's a future investment on both sides.
- We're basically a family, and if one gets an offer, he/she tries to pull the other in. Kindness is not forgotten.
PM me and I'll send you an email; will take resumes. This isn't a competition, just giving mentees who have a shot (meeting GPA cutoff), a better shot.
****** Update 2
I'm getting over 60 requests, and each PM has your story, situation--and I definitely don't want to leave you out. Schools from Cornell to UChicago to top LACs, go-getters, hustlers, people who've tried over and over again.
I'm going to get the two people I usually partner with to do OCR, and see if they can be mentors as well. I'm going to respond to each PM though, and then get out an email list, and email you guys after the cut off has passed.