PowerPoint overlooked

Why is it always said to learn and get expert at excel but when joining your bank you spend a large amount of time creating CIMs and other presentations in PowerPoint? Dont get me wrong I spend a lot of time in excel but curious why PowerPoint is kind of overlooked?

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 30, 2020 - 5:05pm

Unless you're in an M&A group, you're probably spending most of your time in PPT. It's the least sexy part of the job that has little to do with financial analyses/modeling, so people tend to not talk about that part of the job.

Aug 1, 2020 - 6:15am

Not overlooked at all IMO. We always expected new analysts to excel at PPT. Honestly more than PPT, it was the language skills we wanted which were imparted on a ppt slide that a lot of people had issues with. It's one thing to bang out an excel model in banking and another thing as a key differentiator to be able to succinctly explain forecast assumptions and other model drivers.

Other than that, logo formatting is a cakewalk albeit absolutely soul-crushing

Mar 21, 2021 - 9:35am

I agree, PPT is essential, and, in particular, language and design skills. To be faster with the graphics, I use think-cell and some online tools such as fancybcgmatrix. For others, the standard PowerPoint suffices.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Mar 21, 2021 - 11:27am

Because after 3 months on the job you've essentially hit a ceiling in terms of PPT technical skill set. And maybe 2 years in, you've hit another ceiling in terms of PPT design skills. Using PPT is not exactly A competitive advantage, but Excel is. 

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