What should I be doing with my free time to secure employment?

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What's up guys, frequent lurker here. I graduated in May and would like some input/perspective from the community. I graduated from a private school in South Florida (use your imagination). Degree in finance, average GPA (3.2-3.4), internships in analytics and boutique IB (both in NY), and have been working remotely at a Seattle based start-up since June (Live in Westchester, NY). I only really started networking in July and have been successful establishing contacts at firms predominately in NY. Have had about 15-20 informational calls through mutual contacts, ranging from PWM, PE, ER, FX, and Prime Brokerage. Actually got an interview with Goldman, as well as EY. Didn't get the position with Goldman and EY pretty much alluded to not having anything open right now, but to reconnect in October. I recently left the start-up, as I was only compensated in company equity and wasn't willing to relocate to Seattle. I'm having trouble finding what to do with my days of free time now. I go to the gym almost every day, play soccer, have been studying technicals, reading books, applying through LinkedIn, etc. I'd really like to start my career in IB or something similar, as I like the transactional aspect, want to develop technical skills, and would really like to run my own business one day.

I feel like my days aren't very structured and I'd like to stay busy. I didn't really know what I wanted to do within finance, so when I went back to school junior year I hooked a good friend of mine up with the IB firm position because they wanted someone to work through the school year and he now works there full time (yeah, he owes me one). Not to ask redundant questions that can be found in the search function, but put yourself in my shoes. What should I be doing to secure that full time position while i'm unemployed?

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Aug 31, 2019
YankeesBeisbol:

What's up guys, frequent lurker here. I graduated in May and would like some input/perspective from the community. I graduated from a private school in South Florida (use your imagination). Degree in finance, average GPA (3.2-3.4), internships in analytics and boutique IB (both in NY), and have been working remotely at a Seattle based start-up since June (Live in Westchester, NY). I only really started networking in July and have been successful establishing contacts at firms predominately in NY. Have had about 15-20 informational calls through mutual contacts, ranging from PWM, PE, ER, FX, and Prime Brokerage. Actually got an interview with Goldman, as well as EY. Didn't get the position with Goldman and EY pretty much alluded to not having anything open right now, but to reconnect in October. I recently left the start-up, as I was only compensated in company equity and wasn't willing to relocate to Seattle. I'm having trouble finding what to do with my days of free time now. I go to the gym almost every day, play soccer, have been studying technicals, reading books, applying through LinkedIn, etc. I'd really like to start my career in IB or something similar, as I like the transactional aspect, want to develop technical skills, and would really like to run my own business one day.

I feel like my days aren't very structured and I'd like to stay busy. I didn't really know what I wanted to do within finance, so when I went back to school junior year I hooked a good friend of mine up with the IB firm position because they wanted someone to work through the school year and he now works there full time (yeah, he owes me one). Not to ask redundant questions that can be found in the search function, but put yourself in my shoes. What should I be doing to secure that full time position while i'm unemployed?

Have you reached out to your internships for FT offers or leads? Also, there might be an alumni out there that can get you an interivew.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 31, 2019

So I actually did the IB internship summer after sophomore year and it's a small firm, so they have no need for another analyst at the moment, Did the analytics internship summer after junior year, as I thought it would be a good gateway into consulting, but have since changed my mind about that path. I got a full time offer from them, but could not stand the work. I have started curating a list of alumni VP's in IB that are working at firms in NYC and will probably start reaching out to them for informational interviews/prospective openings after this holiday weekend. I was recently referred by head of a division (not IB) at a firm in the city for an IB analyst position that was internally posted and got to send my resume directly to the vp in charge of the hiring before the posting went up on LinkedIn, so i'm hopeful that I would at least get an interview in the next few weeks from that.

Sep 20, 2019

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Sep 23, 2019

Given how I have been in your shoes on more than one occasion, I can better address this in a PM

Sep 23, 2019
JBanksohn:

Given how I have been in your shoes on more than one occasion, I can better address this in a PM

And yet no one else reading would be able to benefit from it then

Sep 23, 2019

I can try to make it more generic once I put a draft of thoughts down.

Sep 23, 2019

i know a bunch of guys that could use advice on this topic...eagerly waiting to see your thoughts.

just google it...you're welcome

Sep 23, 2019
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Sep 23, 2019

UM has a ton of rich alumni and definitely strong ties to LATAM IB. Fuck i really wish Miami had some IB presence instead of PWM

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Sep 23, 2019
leonardo dicaprisun:

UM has a ton of rich alumni and definitely strong ties to LATAM IB. Fuck i really wish Miami had some IB presence instead of PWM

Where they at tho!

Sep 23, 2019
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