Where do i even start..I learned so much from this forum. The brutally honest opinions, sincere willingness to help, the technical information and random tips on everything has been absolutely crucial for me landing this offer.
Coming from a non-target I didnt get that 3rd year SA position at a. Matter of fact, I spent my 3rd year summer working at my school. It's hard getting an SA position anywhere so congrats to the people that got it!
After my 3rd year I took a year off to get some real work experience b/c I know how hard it is to find a job without any work experience in this economy. After 200 applications and 14 failed interviews I landed an offer as an intern at a large pension fund in Canada but. Good intro, good company but it wasnt what I wanted to do. So I started applying again, like crazy. Applied at every BB, as many boutiques I knew, pretty much googled a list of Boutiques in North America and cold emailed all of them or went on their websites individually to apply for their internships.
Out of all of them I got one interview at a boutique..
I knew this was my chance so went on google and read every banking interview guide I could possibly find, read many WSO posts about interviews and nailed it! Learned a lot, got great experience and met smart people but no offer for full time at the end of it.
Fast forward a year I was in my last month of undergrad without a job offer and feeling like i am behind b/c all my friends graduated a year before me ... I started the routine again, applied all banks with panic. Having that internship really helped me and got me interviews but I was just not landing the jobs! Some of them were phone interviews where I just got too nervous and sucked. Some i thought i did well and still didnt get an offer! I wrote down every question that I fucked up in past interview like you guys said I should and reviewed my interview skills... by this time it was mid May but I was still practicing my technicals until it became an instinct JUST in case for the future.
Then all of a sudden I get an interview at a BB for an interview! Apparently the position opened up suddenly and they needed to fill! 1st round went decently and got invited to final round... super nervous, i thought it went alright but didnt hear back for a week! So i emailed to see what was going on and then there it was, the OFFER!! Class of 2013!
Great stories on WSO really inspired me to not give up. I know for a fact that many people worked way harder to land that offer but I just wanted to share my story and give thanks to you all!
My journey doesn't end here, it starts. I would really like to know what advice you would give your 1st-year-analyst-self if you had the chance? Any advice to kids like me going into 1st year would be greatly appreciated!!