***4/9 UPDATE: This is taking a little more time than I expected, and while I do appreciate and welcome all the questions, I will be a little less active on this starting tomorrow. Will still try to get to all questions though. Feel free to ask, comment and discuss though. Thanks all. ***
Decided to post a Q&A, why not?
Some background - I graduated from a semi-target. Networked my way into banking and was lucky enough to secure an internship in IB my sophomore year. Returned for my junior summer; realized I liked IB but not the firm. Went through the FT IB analyst recruiting cycle and moved over to my current firm after undergrad. Did my 2-3 analyst years and learned a ton. Went through the entire PE recruiting cycle and received offers, but ultimately decided (for a long list of reasons), that A2A at my current firm was a much better fit for me.
To be honest, not really sure how this AMA will turn out. Figured there's someone out there that wants to learn about IB, recruiting, networking, etc. Definitely wished I utilized this blog more when I was in school though.