Nose Piercing during SA?

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I am doing an EB SA next summer and got a nose piercing... I'm admittedly a bit worried about how this is viewed within the IB space; particularly since I interviewed without one. I got an extremely small and dainty stud (not too noticeable from front view or afar) and intend to keep it as such. Anyone have any experience with this/insight? Am a female if that's of any help.

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Sep 5, 2020 - 4:58am

No. Just no.

 

Think about how stupid you'll look with a piercing and a suit.  There's exactly one person who pulls off an odd look in AM, and that's Bill Dague, head of alternative data for Nasdaq.  He owns it both from a 'we're not conventional' standpoint, and the fact that Nasdaq is a bit of a rebel in the first place.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 
Sep 9, 2020 - 1:14am

Milton Friedchickenman

Bill Dague what a guy. 

I met him once. Lanky white guy with dreadlocks wearing a suit is definitely not usual. 

He pitched us once on a product. Everybody else from Nasdaq was trying to reign him in but nobody really managed it.  He's really got charisma. The FI guy who'd already built $10B funds had a bit of fun with him.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 
  • Analyst 2 in CorpDev
Sep 5, 2020 - 8:43am

Absolutely not! What is the matter with you? This is about professionalism and nose rings are trashy end of discussion, save that for the fairy-haired VCs in SF.

Array
 
Sep 6, 2020 - 3:49pm

Yeah even if no one says anything, it still might affect your FT conversion. Or maybe it won't make a difference, but it is a risk. 

"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

 
  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Sep 7, 2020 - 1:47am

this is a good point... before I start my SA I will purchase a flat clear stud and go over it with makeup (again, my stud is very small to begin with) – if it's still noticeable, I guess I'll have to remove it altogether

Array

 
Sep 6, 2020 - 4:13pm

I like the look of a small diamond stud on a female but why take a chance in the office.  It is like politics at the office, there is no upside to sharing your views at the office.  

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Sep 7, 2020 - 1:50am

Yeah, I really love the piercing and think it suits my face extremely well! But the tone of this thread seems to confirm my worries. -1 for impulsivity on my end :( 

Array

 
Sep 7, 2020 - 7:10am

BuernerAccount19955

Have not seen one yet in my group, same with tattoos.

I am afraid seniors would not be happy with them 

I knew a wholesaler with rather extensive tattoos.  It made his work life miserable. He couldn't wear a polo or roll up his sleeves even on the hottest days of the summer.

He was a good guy and a hard worker though.  I only saw the sleeve because we were goading him after work and a number of adult beverages one evening.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 
Sep 8, 2020 - 12:16pm

A (female) friend of mine from work had a more visible nose piercing (think ring, septum) and never wore it to work until the day came where she had decided to quit anyway.

On the other hand, there's a guy in our office who has relatively visible tattoos on his arms and wears a t-shirt in the office (but wears long sleeves at clients). Does not seem to impact his career much...

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