Networking as an Analyst?

I got lucky. I broke into the industry without a lot of networking but now that I am in the industry I am realizing it really is a who you know type of game. Is it normal to network as an analyst? If so how did I start? I am interested in moving firms. I want to stay in IB but I want to make a leap. How do I initiate that call? I don't want to waste their time but I really want to learn. Any thoughts here?

Comments (12)

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 12, 2021 - 2:01pm

Okay, I have 6 bumps on this but still no answer?... There has to be someone else who is looking to jump to another bank or someone who is at a small shop and wants to grow their network?..

  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Aug 12, 2021 - 3:23pm

Well I mean, yeah... That's all of us who are trying to keep the thread high in the "hot" list by bumping it.

But I'm at the same place you are so I don't have anything to contribute. I joined my firm earlier this Spring and I don't really see a point in networking too hard in my 1st year. Besides headhunters keep reaching out to me (mind you, not personalized emails) so I don't feel I'd have to network too hard if I wanted to move to a slightly better bank.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 12, 2021 - 5:05pm

That message wasn't supposed to be a ding on anyone who commented "bump". It was aimed at the monkeys who haven't helped a brother out. (;
Tbh I am looking to move to a small advisory firm after my third year. I want a good rep and deep connections on the street before I leave but I don't have time to go to the golf course or to the bars. I think I could make a killing if I found some good connections at MM PE shops and MM IB firms. Then when I went to the advisory firm anything too small for my network would be sent to me. Hell just knowing the right person can change the game at a small shop. Don't say it won't work, because I've seen it work. If you know the right guy you can make it huge! So how do I get to know the right guy/gals?

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 12, 2022 - 3:37am

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