Would really appreciate if someone could say Happy Birthday to me

Hey guys, ik this is as weird as fuck, but May 11th is my birthday. The past year has been extremely unfriendly and painful, and I don't really know how many times I tried to end my life. And I am still recruiting for IB, still getting rejected everywhere no matter how hard I tried. And yes, today is my birthday, so if someone could say happy birthday to me I would sincerely appreciate it. Best to all of you who r still looking for an intern or job or anything. All the best to y'all:)

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 10, 2021 - 12:19pm

man, sometimes it is hard but please don't do anything that is forever. go on a walk, listen to your best songs and think how good it will feel when you will achieve what you are trying to do, and most importantly Happy Birthday, one day you will look back and be proud of what you accomplished since today

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May 10, 2021 - 12:36pm

Happy birthday dude

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 10, 2021 - 12:37pm

Happy birthday -- hope you get the help you need. You will do great things

May 10, 2021 - 12:47pm

Happy Birthday, Brotha! Remember that there is no correlation between your importance and whatever job you get right out of college. Focus on your health and relationships first. Without these, there is no value to an occupation. Keep your head up and take it day by day. Best wishes OP.

May 10, 2021 - 1:02pm

Happy birthday bro! You can't let the temporary hardship and difficulties bring you down. You have a whole life to live and some awesome experiences to enjoy so just focus on the future and all the great things you will do. Best of luck with everything man.

May 10, 2021 - 3:30pm

Happy birthday mate, good luck with recruiting its tough but whatever happens you are still a awesome human


May 10, 2021 - 5:03pm

Happy birthday big guy. Even if IB doesn't work out for you, it's just one path out of many. Do what makes you happy and rest will follow. Keep your head up!

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 11, 2021 - 1:34am

Hey man hope I'm not late but happy birthday man, keep your head up bro. Times have been rough but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, don't forget that. Hope the best for you!

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 11, 2021 - 8:34am

Happy birthday man! IBD recruiting in itself is insanely stressful - just make sure to take care of yourself and never give up! I'm sure you will make it one day

  • Associate 2 in IB - Ind
May 11, 2021 - 9:58am

My first role out of college was a contract role at a french bank. My colleagues were salaried, getting paid more than me, and got full-time benefits and 30 vacation days. I only got 5 vacation days and a cut-throat team. After that role, I was unemployed for one year and ended up at a credit rating agency, and sadly the culture at this team was brutal. However, I toughed it out, got a promotion on the fast-track and moved into another team were people are like angels.

Why did I write the above? I did that so you can realize life is tough, and finding a job won't be the only tough problem you'll face. If your way to deal with problems is to consider killing yourself, then you have a completely wrong mindset. Learn to appreciate what you have and use your ambition to work harder, but also to focus on your mental health. I used to compare myself to others, and I became much happier when I stopped. Highly recommend you see a therapist to help you develop a better mindset (note that a therapist won't develop it for you, you'll have to work on that yourself). There's a book called Way of the Seal, written by a former Navy Seal that focuses on developing a tough mindset. Please read it!

Almost forgot, happy birthday! Enjoy your life!

May 11, 2021 - 1:53pm

Happy Birthday - IB is low paying and shit, so don't feel too bad. Although I understand your tunnel vision on the industry as I shared the same lenses previously.

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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May 11, 2021 - 3:51pm

Happy Birthday Buddy! :). As someone who also struggled with recruiting I can tell you that your hard work will payoff. Keep at it and do take care of yourself man.    A career is important but not more than your mental and physical health. Hope it all works out for you soon! 

May 11, 2021 - 4:47pm

Happy birthday foreverain!

As other people have mentioned in this thread do reach out for help, you never know how helpful and understanding your friends and family can be. And don't hesitate to even reach out to organisations for help. I can definitely emphasise with you how hard it can be, especially in the current environment but don't give up. I myself applied to every IB I could find during my university days and in the end I landed only a few interviews and not a single offer. Fast forward I ended up in private equity in a spot I am very happy with. In hindsight I am happy that I never got that IB gig, and I have realised that I can find success and happiness in other careers. So don't let these setbacks destroy your life, you are worth more than that and you can achieve your end goal without an IB on your CV.    

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 11, 2021 - 4:48pm

Happy birthday! Wishing you all the best - keep grinding and don't lose sight of your goals. And more importantly seek consultation and stay healthy 

May 11, 2021 - 4:59pm

Happy birthday! If this many complete strangers on WSO are wishing you the best, I guarantee there are people in your life who you mean the world to. I promise that there is always hope and that there will always be people who are here for you, no matter what you're going through. Enjoy your birthday and be proud of yourself for having the courage to write this post!

May 11, 2021 - 6:56pm

Happy Birthday! Just remember ever step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction - even if you take one back, just try to focus on taking two more forward tomorrow!

May 11, 2021 - 8:57pm

Happy Birthday, man! 🍰 🎈🎈

"Markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."

May 11, 2021 - 9:36pm

Happy bday man ... buy yourself something nice, turn on netflix, get some McDonald's and kick back.

“Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ” - James Allen
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May 11, 2021 - 10:46pm

Man, coming from somebody who lost their best friend to suicide at an early age - I promise it will always get better. Don't seek a permanent solution to a temporary problem. People love you and everybody will be devastated. You have so much life to live.

May 11, 2021 - 11:14pm

Happy birthday, big dawg!

I come from down in the valley, where mister when you're young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done

May 12, 2021 - 12:37am

Happy birthday brother, right there with you in IB recruiting- it's tough, but keep your head up and you got it. Best of luck to you!

May 12, 2021 - 12:52am

Happy birthday, foreverain! 

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.

I completely struck out at IB recruiting at my non target undergrad. Took a little longer working and an MBA, but it happened eventually. You have the world at your fingertips and age is on your side! I believe in you. DM me anytime.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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May 12, 2021 - 1:10am

Happy birthday man! I recently went through the process, and I am always down to help or just talk. Sometimes it's hard, but try and be positive. Appreciate the little things. Be glad you have another day to work toward the goals that you WILL achieve.

May 12, 2021 - 1:55am

Happiest birthday my love!

Please know that the richest people in life started businesses, went from rags to riches, and all it takes is full belief in yourself. Ignore the circumstances, and only envision success for yourself - nothing less. No matter what they say, there is a God, there is someone that looks after you, all you have to do is pray with full faith and know that only good things happen to you.

Say it with me - only good things happen to me, only things that are good for me happen to me, only things that I really truly want come to me.

Say it and watch it come alive!

May 12, 2021 - 2:28am

Happy birthday man! Keep going, it is going to be worth it - no matter if you end up at IB or another role!

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May 12, 2021 - 10:51am

If it is still helpful at this point, I would also like to wish you a Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day even if today is no longer your birthday and hopefully a great year and beyond ahead of you :)

May 12, 2021 - 2:15pm

Happy birthday bud, things will get better! Life is quite quirky and things have a funny way of working out. IB is definitely not end all be all, there are so many great jobs and things out there. Stay strong and keep at it!!!

May 12, 2021 - 5:34pm

Happy birthday! Glad you're still here with us!

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers
May 14, 2021 - 5:36pm

Hey Happy Birthday!! You are much better then you think you are. Nothing is more precious then your happiness and peace. Cut yourself some slack and give yourself a break. Sometimes not landing a job you want is beyond your control. All those who have achieved big things in life were rejected in the start, no matter the world believes you or not YOU SHOULD NOT STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF. Ups and downs will are part of life but they only exist to make you better and stronger.

Have a wonderful year ahead!!!

May 15, 2021 - 8:38pm

Happy Birthday! Keep your head up and get ready for what's about to come! I know you'll get that offer! Hope it was a great day!!!

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