What did you do to celebrate your job offer?

I was recently offered a SA position at one of my top choices after a long and arduous journey.

bI was wondering what you fellow monkeys have done to celebrate your SA or FT offer. Whether it be a fun night out with the boys or buying yourself something nice - curious to hear your stories.

I'm getting drunk and will probably buy a new set of irons for golf after using my dads old clubs for the last 5 years...

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 2:05am

Congratulations on the offer! Honestly just celebrated with friends and by not having to think for once about the next networking call, interview, application etc. had been at the grind for 6-7 months so felt really nice to be done.

Mar 30, 2021 - 7:15am

Also got an offer at a top shop under a great MD. But gonna be honest, I bought myself a bag of beef jerky. Didn't eat it till like a week later and it wasn't even that great tbh, should've bought Jack Link's beef nugs instead.

Oh I also went to dinner with a buddy and got drinks afterwards.. I live in a shitty town currently so not much to do. Can't wait to get back to the city.

Go all the way

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Mar 30, 2021 - 1:11pm

First one - Magnum of Moet

Second one - Normal Moet

Third one - Dom Perignon

Fourth one - Piper Heidsieck Rare

Looking back, not sure why I got the Moet, could have bought much nicer champagne instead


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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Mar 30, 2021 - 8:23am

Bought a new watch after getting my SA offer last year

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Mar 30, 2021 - 10:20am

I'm a believer in celebrating the big wins. A small tradition I've done for the past few years after every big life move (New house, new job, etc) is:
1) Go to your favourite restaurant with a few friends, you pick up tab
2) Buy yourself something you've been eyeing up (minimum $200)
3) Buy something for someone else (minimum $200)
4) Anyone that helped you achieve what you did gets a bottle of their favourite 

Most recently I ended up going down to Miami and rented a yacht with some friends (chill it was the minimum length to qualify as a yacht, I'm not that rich). Awesome experience. The cool thing is that these celebrations can eventually catch on in your friend group.

Congrats, you've just created a crew that celebrates each other's successes.

Just had my trade dispute rejected by Schwab for a loss of 35k. This single issue alone should be a gigantic red flag to anyone who trades on their platform.

If they have a system error, and you do not video record your trading (they actually said this), they will not honour their fuck up. Switching everything away from them. Fuck this company.

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  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Mar 31, 2021 - 10:01am

That's an awesome way to celebrate. What is your new role?

Mar 31, 2021 - 10:25am

I do data analytics for a living so roles are a bit all over the place. I was celebrating doubling my annual income. 

Just had my trade dispute rejected by Schwab for a loss of 35k. This single issue alone should be a gigantic red flag to anyone who trades on their platform.

If they have a system error, and you do not video record your trading (they actually said this), they will not honour their fuck up. Switching everything away from them. Fuck this company.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 11:02am

Bought myself AirPods when I got my SA offer last year. Totally recommend them

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 3:07pm

Buying my sister AirPods Pro (have been a user myself for a couple of years) as a gift from the money I'll earn this summer as an SA. Definitely second this.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Cov
Mar 30, 2021 - 3:44pm

the microphone breaks easily, and I'm not the only one to experience this

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 7:31pm

Honestly idk if you bought the normal ones or the pro, but after having had the last generation normal ones all I can say is I profoundly regret the purchase. The microphone sounds like shit, they will randomly connect to just one ear and worst part is they already changed one earpiece to no avail.

I genuinely want to get the pro ones but I am afraid I may end up with the sane meh product that happens to be overpriced because Apple

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 8:48pm

I have the AirPod Pro now and had the normal AirPods before and I can confidently say that the old ones sucked! I hated them before and I hate them now. THey would fall out of my ear and I hated the fact that there was no buds on it. I then upgraded to the AirPods Pro and it feels remarkably different now. I went through recruiting with those AirPod Pros and never had a problem.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 31, 2021 - 12:09am

OP here - I have the airpods pro. I haven't had many issues yet but I'd always recommend getting the apple care just to be on the safe side. I only bought them around 6 months ago so I haven't had them long enough to face significant issues.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Mar 30, 2021 - 5:56pm

I logged onto LinkedIn and thanked a bunch of people by posting that I couldn't have done it without their guidance and mentorship, and also how much I couldn't wait to take on the next challenge of my life. 

  • NA in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 5:58pm

After a super day, got my offer in the airport and upgraded to first class for free drinks. Proceeded to blackout on a 2-hour flight home and lost my wallet on the plane. Fun times

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Mar 30, 2021 - 6:24pm

hahaha love it. I also did this after a superday that went extremely well (I thought I was guaranteed the offer), got blasted in the city with friends and ended up blacking out after drinking a few pre-flight termies at the airport and fell asleep waiting for my flight. Had to buy the next flight out on my own dime. Heard back the next day I didn't get it.     

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Apr 6, 2021 - 5:52am

Haha, have almost the same exact story. Interview went well. Got hammered with my friends in the city. Stumbled through the airport and somehow made it passed TSA and then passed out on the 2hr flight. Got the job!

Mar 30, 2021 - 8:49pm

I never celebrated because I was always paranoid something would go wrong... didn't want to jynx it I guess. Well, I'm here

"Whatever needs to happen, always does." - Black Jack Foley
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Mar 31, 2021 - 12:03am

I celebrate the days that define me like birthdays, holidays, graduation, etc. Didn't really feel the need to celebrate becoming an intern. I slept good for a week though and felt relieved that I didn't have to talk to network with awkward as hell analysts anymore. It's shocking looking back now to realize how bad people are at making conversation.

Mar 31, 2021 - 12:32am

After getting my internship, I went to bed and got the first stress free, good night sleep that I had in months. After getting my lateral offer, I had the most satisfying mouse click when I sent my farewell email and had a blast telling other people that my projects were their problem now. I got pretty fucked up after both events, but I get fucked up pretty often so it was more of a "lets get drunk and this also happened" than a "lets get drunk because this happened."

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  • Intern in HF - EquityHedge
Mar 31, 2021 - 2:06am

i felt really good for a few hours then i started wishing i had an offer at a more well known/10B+ fund and my happiness/stress levels mean reverted

Mar 31, 2021 - 11:38am

the most wholesome comment on this thread


  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2021 - 3:09pm

FT offer as an Analyst. Got myself a magnum of cliquot, bought a bottle of Macallan 18 (brought it to him the day of offer) for the MD who ran the PE firm where I interned at (and connected me with the group head who ultimately hired me).

Apr 2, 2021 - 8:19pm

im the eldest of migrants.

when they first moved out to the West and had me, they suffered a lot of financial worries and would visit this cheap restaurant which they really enjoyed as a day out. 

visited the same restaurant the day after the offer goal from a good bank and just sat there, kept saying to myself no more financial worries. 

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 6, 2021 - 12:08am

So happy to hear this man went through something similar with my family too. Hope it all works out for you
Ozil the GOAT playmaker btw arsenal disrespected this man too much now God punishing us w Travis Scott up front 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 5, 2021 - 4:01pm

I'm currently in a low-paying (nonprofit/government) job. Recently got into my #1 target MBA program and celebrated by buying myself my first nice watch. Just a Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto, nothing outrageous, but I've been into watches for a while and only owned some cheap Seikos and Timexes, so it felt like a milestone. Planning to continue this when I accept internship/full-time offers in the future and then for promotions after that, moving up the ladder a little each time brand-wise.

Also, love some of the other responses re: Creating a culture of celebrating successes with friends. During COVID, my roommates and I have gotten a lot closer by getting beer and pizza for the house everytime somebody has a big life win - the person whose success we are celebrating always buys. It may not be renting a yacht or a trip to Tulum, but it's awesome reinforcement to root for each other in a time when it's easy to disconnect and disengage from those important personal relationships.

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 5, 2021 - 6:19pm

MBA - recruiting is all fall with 1 week of actual interviews in January where 1st rounds are Mon/Tue, Superdays Wed-Fri, offers come out Friday, after which we have another 2-3 weeks of break. Booked a flight to Miami that thursday with a great crew and partied Friday - Tuesday and blew the entire summer signing bonus (on credit card, don't get it for a bit). 

One guy came down with no offers and got a tip top offer while drunk on the beach - such an awesome trip. 

Apr 6, 2021 - 7:07am

Imagine getting job offers lol

This post was made by the perma-intern gang

...and the Truth shall set you free
  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
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