So I get that everyone's read the WSO guide on how to walk an interviewer through a DCF, LBO, etc., and most of us took classes in college where we've built simplified practiced models of one form or another. But I'm about to start work (investment analyst at a REIT) next week, and as far as I know all training is going to take place on the job. So my question is - how did you learn the technical skills of your job and how long did it take you to master the type of financial modeling you do? Were you baptized by fire? Slowly given more and more sophisticated projects to work through? Designated training week where you learned the fundamentals?
I'm scared as hell that I'm going to be thrown into the thick of things upon my start date and crash and burn. I'm a quick learner and I get the gist of financial modeling but when it comes to assembling one from scratch I just wouldn't really know where to start and how to get all of the proper inputs.