Wanted to use this opportunity to give back to the community, and let people know that you can always transition careers on Wallstreet.
I graduated from a semi-target top public university, but virtually a non-target for S&T. The prior summer during my junior year I was not able to secure any great interviews but got a offer from a top BB in their S&T middle office. I knew I was not going to take the offer full-time if I got it start cold-calling people during the summer (during my lunch break or immediately after work). Realized that it would be hard to transition to S&T, I figured the next best thing would be PB given that you would get exposure to markets. Cold-call/cold-email over 40 bankers over my summer internship (never met any of them) which ended up getting me interviews at all the Top BB for their PB/PWM analyst-programs. I think what helped was that I showed them my willingness to hustle and to build relationships.
After a year in PB, I felt that I had enough experience to move to S&T. Again repeated this process before but I emphasized my knowledge on the markets. It was tough to move internal given how different the lines of business were. I reached out to friends who were at different banks and were able to refer me in. My interviews consisted of market technicals (product knowledge and broad based economic questions).
Now I am prepping for business school as I am looking to move to a buy-side hedge fund. More than happy to answer any questions on networking, how to transition across and general comments on the industry as a whole.
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