Hey all, I'm a rising junior at a top five undergraduate business school double majoring in finance and math in need of a lot of advice, guidance, and frankly encouragement. I'm going into a lot of debt in order to go to the school I currently attend, about 130k. I knew this when I accepted my admission offer. Despite the shit load of debt that I knew was in my future, I accepted my admission offer as I knew I wanted to live in NYC and pursue a career in finance. Given that I got into one of the best business schools in the country, I knew it gave me the best chance to make my dream a reality
29 Jun 2020
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read. I am currently a recent MBA graduate working as a Senior Financial Analyst. I am currently located in the Midwest region and have been granted the opportunity to transfer to NY for better leadership and promotion opportunities. My wife and I currently have a small child ~2 years old and are basically by ourselves because family is on the East Coast and West Coast. Made the request to move for a few reasons: * Family Support * Better Opportunities/Better Pay * Future Job Prospects Here's the Hiccup, my wife is also ambitious and had been
29 Apr 2019
A lot of us may be starting our first real job out of college, whether an internship or first-years. Are there any books that you'd recommend us to read that would help us succeed in the workplace. Things along the lines of Dale Carnegie, stuff about working well with others, productivity etc. Thanks!
05 Mar 2020
Hello everyone, I have been admitted to HEC, Bocconi and St. Gallen for a master in Finance, and I am struggling to know which School to choose. About me: I am from Belgium, I speak French, English, and Dutch, this will be my first master, I ve just turned 21 years old. Gmat: 760, I love maths. My areas of interest are: Financial Markets (not really interested in Corporate Finance), Asset and Wealth Management, Investment Funds Later, I would love to work in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, or in Russia (Moscow or St Petersbourg). However, this is not a necessary condition, I love London and other more
01 Mar 2019
Hypothetically, if you were to restart your finance career right now with the goal of making as much money as possible, what finance career path would you take?
04 Apr 2020
I'm 26 and married (important point for later). My undergrad is in Organizational Leadership with an average GPA from non-target private school. My past work experience is being a legal assistant while in undergrad, working as a mid-level director at a large but local non-profit, and most recently working in residential real estate. I live in Florida and was fortunate enough to get into University of Miami's MBA program through a certification-to-admissions program (I performed well in the certification and am now able to get my MBA there), but am enrolled as an online student because I need
15 Jul 2019
Hey everyone: So to give you all a little background, I am a non-target student (senior graduating in May) in a mid-size Midwestern city with not a whole lot of finance opportunities. I have a 3.7 GPA and experience in PE, and M&A at a privately held global firm. My goal is to break into IB, but haven't received any offers as of yet. My current internship which will transition into FT is in Financial Reporting - or a fancy way of saying accounting. My salary will be high 60's, but I'm not very interested in my role and afraid it will limit my IB options going forward. Would it be smart to
25 Feb 2019
I have a slight issue that has come up. I recently got an offer on a BB Sales&Trading Team. On that application, I filled out my Major GPA and submitted a resume with my major Gpa clearly labeled as such. I'm worried because on the application that I'm reviewing now months later and it asks for "grade or expected / cumulative", I read that as open-ended because the first part seemed vague, so I put my major GPA and labeled it on my resume as "major GPA" and now I'm worried that this may hurt me. I even mentioned in the interviews that i used my major GPA and no one cared. When i submit
07 Apr 2019
Hello everyone this is my story of Nepotism , failure , hope and my plans to bounce back , I hope you are safe from Covid-19 and look forward to your feedback. The background: I am an Athens based T.A.S analyst at the T.A.S department of an accountancy firm, i currently work in F.D.D projects with the occasional D.C.F and multiples valuation or I.B.R. I graduated from a local university with grades that put me in the top 15% of my year ( not sure if that is good or not) and then moved on to completed an M.Sc. in Finance from A.M.B.S ( a semi target from what i understand) with distinction
10 May 2020
I've been reading about commercial real estate lately and feel as though I might be interested in it. I've been accepted to Ohio State University, Indiana University, Emory University, Villanova University, WashU, and Boston College. I've been directly admitted to all of the business schools except for Emory, which I will apply to at the end of my sophomore year. Which school, and which major, should I select? Also, there is a chance I'd like to pursue a career in corporate finance or law, or work in PE/VC/HF/IB, though I don't think IB would be very enjoyable long term for me. Basically, I'm
22 Apr 2020
Hi, I am a newbie here. Looking forward to some honest advice on this career choice. I am going to be a MBA student in one of the S16 (school does lean towards finance), trying to break into the world of finance. Non financial background. Hold a Ph.D. degree in STEM field. Previously a sr. scientist then MBA this coming fall. I am thinking about several career switching options and want to seek some good advice on this investment management path. Don't have a CFA right now, but definitely aiming to get it during MBA if decide to go down this route. Have some level of investment knowledge. I do
20 Jun 2020
Hey everyone, I've got a career path question for you. Last year I interned and received a full-time offer from a Big 4 firm in their audit division. I knew that audit wasn't really my passion, so I explored around and discovered PE. I got lucky and made a couple of connections and have been interning at a small PE shop (2 partners, and me the intern) for the past six months that invest in ~10MM EBITDA companies. They recently extended an offer to me to join them full time, however, the comp was a below market which I assume is appropriate since they are smaller. I am torn as to which offer I
20 Mar 2019
I'm starting a job in ER out of undergrad and would like to eventually move to a HF or other buy-side role. What should I be learning/focusing on?
01 Jun 2019
Hello! I am student graduating in Finance at a top european business school. I have to opportunity to do a six-month internship in audit at PwC, but my background is in finance (major in corporate advisory and investment banking), but I have no professional experience at all. Do you think that audit in a Big 4 could be a good start? Do you think it is a valuable experience if I want to move to IB?
04 Apr 2019
Dear all, Currently, I am busy building my own merger model for educational/training purposes. In specific, I am assuming to merge Nvidia and AMD as of February 2018. Now I am confronted with the pity that Nvidia's FY17 ends at 31.01.2018 and AMD's at 31.12.2017. At this time no 18Q1 exist for both companies. My question would be how you I should merge both IS and BS? In case of Nvidia, I was thinking about adjusting the FY17 IS by taking into account only 11/12 of it and adding 1/4 of last year's Q4. Is this a suitable way ? Regarding the BS, as it is a snapchot in time, I see no solution
19 Dec 2018
Hello, I have an offer for the Bank of England Graduate scheme, in the COO Markets and Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience division. The job has a focus on risk and technology, custodians of data for banking and markets, operational risk (looking after RTGS, SONIA, and CHAPS), and planning the EU withdrawal. I feel that this job is a good starting point for a career in finance, as I will gain a deep exposure to the UK's banking system and various technologies used by the BoE. My question is what exit opportunities you feel would be available after a few years at the Bank - I am hoping
21 Mar 2019
Hello everyone and I hope the COVID-19 situation has not affected you too much. The background: I am an Athens based T.A.S analyst at Grant Thornton, i currently work in F.D.D projects with the occasional D.C.F and multiples valuation or I.B.R. I graduated from a local university with grades that put me in the top 15% of my year ( not sure if that is good or not) and then moved on to completed an M.Sc. in Finance from A.M.B.S ( a semi target from what i understand) with distinction. The goal: To get into investment banking preferably in M&A and in an English speaking country. The Plan: Plan A
10 Apr 2020
I am new to this forum so any advice will be greatly appreciated. I am a licensed CPA here in LA who has worked in public accounting (National CPA firm, not the Big 4) for 2 years now. First year in audit and second year in tax. I have always been interested in real estate and have decided to pursue my passion after 2 years in accounting. I am currently taking the real estate financial modeling course online from getrefm and am wondering if there is anything else I can study during my spare time to break into the profession. aside from networking with people in the profession of course In
18 Jan 2019
Hello fellow monkeys I am new to the community and seeking advice regarding two positions, one is a top fortune500 tool manufacturer (we'll call them ABC) and the other from UBS. I have a BSBA in Finance and just completed my Master of Science in Finance. I have about 1.5 yrs of prior work experience with a top insurance company (finance internship), a major US bank (compliance position), and a prominent US investment bank (back office operations role). I plan on one day going back to school for a JD/MBA as I am interested in M&A , IB, and other aspects of finance. Now here is the dilemma, two
12 Dec 2018
I am a first year LatAm analyst at a top 4 bank. Any advice on PE recruiting? I want to know what strategy gives me the best opportunity for recruitment. Either lateral to a more prestigious group/bank bank and recruiting off-cycle, or giving it my best shot on-cycle. Any thoughts?
22 Oct 2019
Hey everyone, Modern Guild's 2019 finance accelerator is slated to release pairing results by 5 PM EST. Would love to hear about decisions as they roll out and what type of opportunities are being offered. Has anyone heard anything yet?
04 Apr 2019
Dear all, I would like to evaluate my chances for a FT position at a BB in London and if a Master's program is necessary in my case. My profile: * BSc from TOP5 BS in German-speaking country (2:1) * Three internships during studies (2 big four, 1 European bank), all generalist * One internship (2019) at a tier 3 BB **BUT **with a special focus in which I do not see myself in the long run (think O&G, RE, FIG) * Deal and modelling experience but no experience in London My main concern is that if I apply for FT positions, I am automatically out for intern positions in 2020. Would it be too
19 Dec 2018
Hey guys, this might not be as relevant to you because it's not banking-focused, but I figure it could be a good way to meet other people who are in a similar situation. If you're interested in tech, it could be a good way to check it out because our hosts work in tech. I'm part of San Francisco's chapter of Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and we're hosting a job search zoom room for 2020 grads on Thursday-this will be a good opportunity for people who are looking for a job and may have questions about the job search to get advice and connect with others who are also
14 Jun 2020
Hello everyone I am looking to break into investment banking and have had little success so far, i am attaching a C.V based on the WSO template for you to laugh at and hope for your advice. Thank you P.S i am 25 years old if that matters.
10 May 2020
Hello! I'm 17 and I would love to pursue a career in finance in the future. Since no one in my family has a background in commerce, I really need your help. As the title says, I have to choose between the two options but I don't know what holds more value, is practical, and in more demand. I feel like with CA and BCom I get a deeper understanding of finance but with the other option, I study finance along with management. It doesn't matter what's harder cause I'm willing to work my ass off, I want to know what's a better option. Thank you for taking the time to read this and any input is
01 May 2020
Hello. I am a senior in high school and I have narrowed down the colleges I'm considering to Ohio State, Indiana, and WashU. I am looking to get into a finance-related career like PE/VC/HF, consulting, CRE, or corp finance (don't think I will like IB but would be willing to do it for a few years to get me into a good MBA school or another career - PE for example). Ohio State is in-state and by far the cheapest, followed by IU, which is double the price of OSU, and then WashU is about 20k more than IU. I am in the business schools in each of these schools. Socially, I'd love to be at a Division
27 Apr 2020
Hey Friends I have accepted a S&T return offer for full time position. However, coming from a non-finance background, I wish to experience a wider scope of finance. Thus, I am considering apply for another summer internship at IBD to experience. In London, Final year student can do internships. I can do this internship during the summer before full time starts. This can broaden my skill sets and let me determine what suits me the best. Do you think this is a risky move? How likely is my full time employer somehow find out that I am still applying for summer? What will their reactions being? Or
01 Nov 2019
Hi. Could anyone share their two cents on how to break into Wall Street from undergrad? I want to go into HF or similar, probably not staying in IB. But I have heard that IB is usually a stepping stone to these jobs? Is it difficult to go from undergrad straight into these other careers? Even if I stayed in IB or another industry, how long would it take to get to associate (w/o and w/ MBA), vice president, then MD? If I decided to leave Wall Street after 3-5 years, what could I do afterwards? Work at a large corporation in the finance department or work on a start-up? What opportunities will
05 Aug 2019
Hello all, Currently working at Barclays as an analyst for securitized products I'm in operations side so funding warehouse facilities managing adhoc task . I notice all the vps and avps are older and want to know where I could go with this experience in securitized products supporting a fixed income trading desk. My goal is to make over 100k for now where I'm ops is this possible or where can I go ?
31 Jul 2019
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22 Jun 2019
I've been talking to a few people and they have been suggesting for me to reconsider what field I want to go into. Namely, I have been targeting wealth management positions but everyone is saying I should not go into wealth management given my profile, background, set of skills...etc. 2 people (already in the field) suggested I should go into HF while 2 other ones say ER. I wanted to hear from everyone (in all finance industries IB, ER, WM, AM, PE, CO, CF...)what their industry is like and what sort of person should go into that line of work. Something like this: Skills needed: (Math-heavy
11 May 2019