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  2. Hello. I am new to the WSO blogger community; this is my first post. I went to a semi-target and interviewed during the crisis, when company presentations & on-campus workshops pretty much dried up. WSO was a crucial source for me when I started finan ...

    37 comments13 Oct 2014 -

  3. Investment banking as a dentist?

    New User Introductions

    I am a 23 year old student that did pre-med/dentistry in college to appease my parents and family (dad and brother are antheisologists). My passion has always been business and international investing. I have little to no interest in the sciences but push ...

    51 comments28 Sep 2014 -

  4. I went to a state school (3.3 gpa, got NSF grants, etc.), did some contract work in my field (archaeology), and have been working for a law firm as a secretary/assistant/paralegal for almost two years now to see if I wanted to become a lawyer, and I do no ...

    65 comments29 Sep 2010 -

  5. Hi all, Currently i'm in an investment research role at a BB and I have doubts about this whole industry, mainly job security, the culture, work/life balance etc. This is not the team/area I wanted to end up in but nonetheless I make good money, more ...

    10 comments22 Jul 2019 -

  6. From MBB to BB

    Management Consulting

    Ever seen anyone do MBB to BB? How hard is it? career change Salary ...

    20 comments28 Feb 2016 -

  7. 25yo College Freshman

    Business School and GMAT

    Hello everybody, This is my first post so let me give you guys a little background about myself. Like the title says, I am 25 and a freshman in college. I am just starting down the road to my career in finance, and would like to eventually become an analy ...

    22 comments8 Jun 2015 -

  8. Going from BB to second-tier/MM

    Investment Banking

    I left a career in another industry to join a non-traditional team at a BB reporting to a well-known equities MD. However, it has become clear on the basis of comp and lack of clear progression that I am seen as being in a support function in spite of hav ...

    34 comments11 Jan 2011 -

  9. MBA work experience for med student

    Business School and GMAT

    I'm a medical student at a lower tier US MD medical school. I'm looking into top MBA programs as a way into the upper levels of hospital administration or more likely as a way to switch careers to consulting or lower-tier investment banking, dep ...

    16 comments25 May 2014 -

  10. If you receive an offer to join a firm in Jan/Feb as an analyst, therefore you join out of cycle (ie: not in the Summer), is a stipend bonus paid with the rest of the analyst class in July? Is a raise given after a year, or with the analyst class? Lastly, ...

    19 comments7 Jan 2010 -

  11. So, I am a medical student in Brazil in a top-ten medical school here. I'm am currently 23 years old, recently graduated, but only finished my major due to family pressure. Dislike medicine. Actually planning on going to top business school around he ...

    6 comments7 Feb 2020 -

  12. Future in Equity Research?

    Equity Research

    Happy Friday- Let me preface this by first saying, my apologies for posting what I'm sure is probably majority consensus to be the most annoying crap posted on this forum. I would, however, appreciate candid advice on my career goals. I know you guys ...

    15 comments6 Jul 2012 -

  13. Hi everybody! I'm new in this forum, hope i'm doing it the right way! This is my question: I'm a 32-years old CPA, with a bachelor degree in Management and a recent Master in Finance from Argentina. I've been working in the pharmaceuti ...

    16 comments12 Jan 2011 -

  14. Greetings, I am currently a senior undergraduate about to complete my life science degree. I want to change my career path and go into equity research or financial analysis. I have a strong interest but no relevant experience and have not taken any course ...

    12 comments26 Jul 2015 -

  15. Hi all! I am new to this forum so thank you for listening to my personal career issues. Hopefully someone else has been in my position and can provide some insight. Background: I graduated summa cum laude with a finance degree and a minor in entrepreneurs ...

    12 comments12 Jun 2015 -

  16. Hi everyone Just wondering if anyone does Equity Research as a freelancer? Is there any scope for this? I am also wondering what research tools one could access as an individual, along the lines of Capital IQ or Factset, but ideally lower cost? I would li ...

    14 comments12 Mar 2012 -

  17. I could use an outside opinion

    Business School and GMAT

    Ok, I am in a bit of a quandry and could use some opinions. I am trying to establish a solid educational resume to back up my experience. History:-BBA in Marketing/Finance from Central Arkansas (I know, a no-name school)-7 years experience in Retail Opera ...

    11 comments4 Sep 2014 -

  18. Hi Everybody, I would like to ask if it is too late to get into trading. I have a major in Philosophy with courseworks in Foundations of Mathematics and in Logic and also deep theoretical knowledge in Sociology. My GPA is 3.9. Recently I took the calculus ...

    14 comments3 Jan 2010 -

  19. Should I go to Columbia Law

    Investment Banking

    Should I go to Columbia Law School? How hard is it to start a career in finance (capital markets) considering CLS's prestige and coursework in securities law, etc. after finishing a JD? Also do the banks care much about class rank like big law? I ...

    12 comments1 Apr 2009 -

  20. This is a bit of a new territory for me and would love people's insights, especially for those of similar background or know of people who made a similar career change. I started my career in investment banking at an established/well-reputable bank, ...

    11 comments28 Dec 2010 -

  21. Hey y'all!! I wanted to ask about breaking out of management consulting in the financial services industry, and transitioning into a private wealth management/ private banking role. Generally on my background: *Consulting sales experience *Solid netw ...

    7 comments13 Oct 2017 -

  22. Career change- AM

    Asset Management

    So, I'm looking to change careers. I currently work in an unrelated industry but have been considering making a shift into Asset Management, ideally on the investing rather than the sales or marketing side. Unlike the US, there are few MBA opportunit ...

    8 comments3 Dec 2015 -

  23. Looking for honest advice

    Job Search Advice

    Hello everyone! First post here. I was hoping to get some honest and direct advice on my career goals and aspirations. A little background. I am 34. I have a BS in Accounting and am currently in the middle of a two-year MBA program from a decent business ...

    9 comments10 May 2012 -

  24. I'm a current software developer with 8+ years experience and am considering a career change to management consulting with an IT specialty. Would you have any advice for this transition? (Yes I tried the forum search but didn't find anything rel ...

    9 comments28 Mar 2011 -

  25. I'm in my mid-twenties and interested in pursuing a career in banking. My background is extremely unconventional, though, and I'm wondering what all I can do to have my application taken seriously and get my foot in the door. Here's my back ...

    8 comments14 Sep 2012 -

  26. Hey guys, I have been lurking on here for a while, and this is my first post. I have two internship offers this fall (couldn't find anything spectacular). There both at BB in PWM. I really can't decide which one would be more beneficial or rewar ...

    8 comments16 Aug 2011 -

  27. Going through this forum with so many grad students I feel downright old at 40:) I am passionate about investing but consider myself a novice. Lately, I've been getting into developing automated trading systems for forex. My current career is not fin ...

    8 comments7 Aug 2011 -

  28. Hi everyone, ...

    8 comments1 Jan 2011 -

  29. Ladies and gents, After years of fixed income institutional sales and some mortgage trading, I'm hoping to transition into the AM field as an analyst. I've always been more interested in the analytical side of investment decision making but a st ...

    8 comments6 Jan 2010 -

  30. What are my options here?

    Job Search Advice

    I currently live in the South (think TX or GA) and work in finance. I am tired of living in the South and I want to move to one of the following areas: NY, MD, DC, PA, or IL. I am concerned with finding a job because my schooling is from regional schools. ...

    6 comments5 Oct 2015 -

  31. Hello all, I'm looking for guidance on how to break into either investment banking or Asset Management. I have been in the mortgage lending industry for nearly 7 years at a large bank and seek potentially a new career. I have enjoyed my line of work ...

    5 comments10 Jan 2018 -

  32. Frequent reader, first post. Non-target undergrad (pol sci major). Have had success in the Boston area in vc tech space due to connections, work focused in strategic partnerships. Lot of global work and was a principal level at 24. However, despise the in ...

    5 comments21 Nov 2017 -

  33. My background is as follows: Electrical Engineering- University of British Columbia, 2011 (71%, 3.0ish GPA) R&D Engineer for a startup for 2 years. Software Engineer for a small Telecom firm ~ 1 year. [Still work here]-> I Co-manage a non-profit fo ...

    6 comments1 Jun 2014 -

  34. I'm in my early thirties and have been an energy trader for almost five years now. Purely spec trading. I also trade interest rate futures in my own account, among other commodities. Love macroeconomics and fundamental analysis. I've always had ...

    6 comments22 Feb 2011 -

  35. Actuary to Consulting

    Management Consulting

    Hi. I'm considering actuarial science as a possible career path. Given this, is it possible, later on, to switch to management consulting at BCG, McK, Bain, or other consulting firms, provided that I perform well as an actuary? career change ...

    5 comments24 Nov 2012 -

  36. Hi all, I've been read this blog for a long time and have finally to make a post of my own. I'm currently working in the mortgage business as an underwriter and trying to make a career change in equity research. Equity research has been my passi ...

    5 comments15 Mar 2011 -

  37. Changing Career

    Investment Banking

    I did my three year stint as a BB analyst and two years working in PE. I am overworked and am exhausted. Everyone is going off to BS now but I don't really want to blow so much money especially if the next jobs will be as demanding as the last two. I ...

    5 comments9 Feb 2011 -

  38. I am new to the forum but have been lurking for a while. This forum has been very informative, and has helped me decide to change careers into IB. Since I don't have a "traditional" background like most of the bankers on here seem to have, ...

    5 comments15 Oct 2010 -

  39. Hello, I'm looking to break into the finance industry and I need some resume advice. Currently, I'm working at a large aerospace/defense company focusing on operations/manufacturing (first thing listed in experience). I graduated from an ivy and ...

    5 comments8 Mar 2010 -

  40. Hi All, I currently work as an Associate in S&T Capital Markets covering Fixed Income Institutional clients on the sales side. Over the years I have gained a strong appreciation for real estate (through a little bit of capital market txn and personal ...

    3 comments5 Aug 2019 -

  41. Credit analyst at BB vs. f500 corp fin

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Hi, I have been working in corp fin at a f500 for a year after graduating. I am switching jobs and wondering which is better: credit analyst at BB or continue in corp fin at another f500? Also, is a credit analyst position (supporting loan origination) in ...

    4 comments15 Mar 2014 -

  42. I am currently at a no-name boutique (into my second year) and I have recently received an offer at a Tier-2 boutique bank (I consider Evercore, Greenhill, Moelis, etc. as Tier 1). My current firm has given me awesome experience thus far but the experienc ...

    4 comments16 Mar 2016 -

  43. A Little But Not Enough

    Job Search Advice

    I need some help putting my situation into perspective. I've had a short but successful career in politics working first for the UN and then as a chief of staff to a high profile politician. It was never intended to be a long term career so I recentl ...

    4 comments12 Sep 2012 -

  44. I graduated in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering, then went back for an Econ major because the economy was so bad I couldn't find a job, with which I graduated in 2010. Since then I have worked in both engineering and finance roles. The finance ...

    4 comments26 Aug 2012 -

  45. My career disaster: please help me!

    Business School and GMAT

    About me: 29.5 yrs Indian Male BTech(2004-India): Information Technology and then worked for 3 years as database developers MBA(2007/8-UK) and now working as Oracle ERM developer. After finishing my Full time MBA in 2008,I wanted to change career into Ban ...

    4 comments2 Aug 2011 -

  46. Hi. I am a fresh grad majoring in Accounting & Finance and have been looking for jobs actively. I recently applied to KPMG for the tax consultant assistant position. I am wondering if tax consultant would be great as a first job. However, I would like ...

    3 comments20 Feb 2018 -

  47. Hi all. I am a mechanical engineering grad who graduated from a top Canadian university. Metallurgical/materials specialist. I graduated 2016 June, working in Toronto. I have worked in 3 different companies since graduation, all different roles. Other tha ...

    3 comments2 Dec 2017 -

  48. Mezz to Private Equity?

    Private Equity

    I'm a 1st year analyst in the mezzanine debt investing arm of a MM PE firm, which I joined straight out of undergraduate. My current responsibilities include reading CIMs, diligencing potential investments, building credit models and portfolio monito ...

    3 comments29 Nov 2016 -

  49. Career Change: Realistic?

    New User Introductions

    career change career change advice career change? career changer ...

    3 comments17 Aug 2015 -

  50. Hi all, I wanted to create a thread, (apologies if one exists already, in that case happy if you point me towards it) on people's experience with making the switch from IB to HF / AM. I have some of my own views as to why a possible switch would make ...

    3 comments3 Mar 2015 -

  51. Looking for a drastic career change (and maybe to relocate)? A recent report shows that Canada is cracking down on what they call "professional panhandling" in the city of Edmonton. According to the article, some of these people are making $400 ...

    3 comments28 May 2015 -

  52. I'm 28 and currently employed at a very large inter-dealer broker as an Engineer. (NYC) I've been contemplating changing my career path to brokering\ trading. I have a degree in Finance & Investments from CUNY Baruch. How difficult would it ...

    3 comments24 Apr 2016 -

  53. When do you know it's the right time to move on from your first job? I am currently 15 months into my first role as an analyst. career change Salary ...

    2 comments29 Jan 2020 -

  54. So, Are there actually any options for a transfer pricing economist with a CFA to transfer into some sort of a more exciting job in banking or advisory? career change ...

    3 comments16 Mar 2012 -

  55. Changed jobs- some insights

    Sales and Trading

    Now that I am on gardening leave and doing fuck all (I'll be travelling in a bit, just have to sort some stuff out). A few things I have learned:- Never stay at a bank more than 4-5 years, always change.- The equity's floor is a mad house, hours ...

    3 comments18 May 2011 -

  56. I posted this in the Asset Management forum as well. Sorry for the double post but this forum might be more appropriate. I'm in my early thirties and have been an energy trader for almost five years now. Purely spec trading. Love macroeconomics and f ...

    3 comments21 Feb 2011 -

  57. hey guys.......i graduated college 2 years ago and enrolled in dental school but due to an injury last year involving my wrist i am in the middle of switching careers.....i am open to anything in finance as long as it involves the healthcare industry sect ...

    3 comments14 Sep 2010 -

  58. Career switching

    Private Equity

    Looking for some advice from folks who've been there. I'm in my mid 30's and interested in switching careers. I'm currently a professor at a top 20 MBA program that sends a lot of students to Wall Street. I've taught classes in ac ...

    3 comments19 Jan 2010 -

  59. I am in my early 30s and I am wanting to transition into management consulting, I have a rather extensive background that spans financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare technology and entreprenunership via real estate. I am curious w ...

    2 comments19 Jul 2018 -

  60. New User-- Changing Careers

    New User Introductions

    Afternoon, I am currently an Active Duty Logistics Officer in the US Army. I will be transitioning to civilian life within the next year and looking to move into finance. Any and all helpful advice is very welcome. Books, certifications, etc, other recomm ...

    2 comments6 Jun 2018 -

  61. Sold business-career shift

    Job Search Advice

    sold my business, need career advice I just closed the sale of a oilfield equipment business I started ~2.5 years ago. Started it with around 100k I made in real estate brokerage and a borrowed 50 now selling for ~750k net. This was a unexpected offer and ...

    2 comments6 Oct 2015 -

  62. Hey guys, I have worked in equity research for a few years after undergrad but have realized that I do not love finance like I once thought. I am really interested in joining a growing ecommerce company in NYC etc but an somewhat clueless on how to approa ...

    2 comments20 Nov 2013 -

  63. Sales-> Trading?

    Sales and Trading

    How easy is it to switch from sales to trading on a different desk at the same bank? sales and trading career change ...

    2 comments6 Oct 2012 -

  64. Hi all, this is my first post here. I am currently looking at making a career change to the IB or prop trading world as this has interested me for quite some time. I have an engineering background and about 6 yrs experience in sales and engineering at big ...

    2 comments15 Aug 2011 -

  65. Hello, guys Need some serious help here. I have a master degree in finance from a non-target school, no MBA, and have been working as a market analyst for past two years in a high-tech company. However, want to shift to financial industry, start from fina ...

    2 comments20 Nov 2010 -

  66. I'm a 2007 grad, looking to switch careers into investment banking. Please provide feedback re: the feasibility of this (assuming analyst position with boutique or MM firm, or with BB in Russia) before an MBA, and the content/format of the resume its ...

    2 comments8 Feb 2010 -

  67. Those who have made the career switch outside of investment banking/finance: What are you doing now? How many years of experience in finance before you switched? Was the career transition a good move for you (personally/professionally)? I'm sure ther ...

    1 comment4 Feb 2020 -

  68. Hi Monkeys, First I want to thank everyone on this forum, even the shitposters,for teaching me so much more about the financial world, an industry I knew virtually nothing about. If it weren't for WSO, I'd probably be a public sector employee li ...

    1 comment30 Dec 2019 -

  69. Nonprofit to IB

    Job Search Advice

    While I was studying finance at the University of Nebraska, I assumed that I would be entering into ordained ministry for my church and did not pursue internship experience. After spending a year in a nonprofit missionary organization on a university camp ...

    1 comment22 Sep 2018 -

  70. JPM CIB Country Risk

    Other Industries

    Hello all, This is my first time posting, so I apologize if this is the wrong forum. I'm a little late in wanting to go the "finance" route being a 26 year old 5th year PhD student, but I have always had an interest, with past coursework in ...

    1 comment17 Mar 2018 -

  71. Background: 2nd year in big four assurance, has passed all level CPA and level 1 CFA, has experience in valuation, financial reporting, financial analysis, data analysis, big data, process improvement. I am passionate about working with data, streamlining ...

    1 comment16 Dec 2017 -

  72. Switching to IB—chances?

    Investment Banking

    About me: 21 y/o Graduated from a target school in the UK (LSE) Currently working in a different, marginally-related career in the financial district ("the City") Most of our clients are banks and hedge funds and the work we do requires an under ...

    18 Sep 2017 -

  73. Hi all, I joined the forum yesterday and already it has been very helpful. I found my way here as I am looking for a career change; I have a bit of an up hill battle as I do not come from a target school and I did not study finance. I currently work in fi ...

    26 Nov 2016 -

  74. Hello All, Looking for some help in transitioning into IB / PE. Biology major from non-target (California state school), 3.4 GPA.. Taken accounting courses and intermediate econ courses at JC and Cal state GPA 4.0. Surely, I need to get into a killer MBA ...

    1 comment3 May 2016 -

  75. I need help with transitioning into management consulting- Quick reference of my background below Graduated with 3.9 A.A.S Degree in Accounting- landed an internship at a mid grade CPA firm- misery on everyone's face scared me out of staying in accou ...

    25 Jan 2016 -

  76. obsolete

    Private Equity

    obsolete Consulting PE mbb career change IBD banking fluff advice ...

    1 comment3 May 2015 -

  77. I am thinking of moving mid-career to the real estate industry. I have worked in finance project management (in IB) for the past 10 years after working in finance for 5 years before that. I graduated from Cardiff University (UK) with an Economics BSc in 1 ...

    1 comment14 Apr 2015 -

  78. Currently, I am working as a financial analyst for healthcare system in their financial planning department. Alot of what I do is a mix between accoutning, budgeting, and expense analaysis. I was an accountant and an market research analyst before this. W ...

    19 Mar 2015 -

  79. Career Change with MBA in UK?

    Job Search Advice

    Hello all, In the next couple of years I'm looking to do an MBA for a career change into banking, I currently work in hospitality and am at a manager's level. I know I would be a complete wildcard with an attempt to break into banking from a non ...

    3 Jan 2015 -

  80. Hello, Poss. Career Change (UK)

    New User Introductions

    Hello all, Just thought I'd introduce myself, I'm ST and I'm looking at a career change, I currently work in a completely unrelated field within Hospitality (currently in management role) and I'm studying at the OU, Business (Econ Path ...

    30 Dec 2014 -

  81. Greetings all, I've been lurking for a long time. About me: I work for a well-known three letter agency, my job has allowed me to travel a lot, do some cool things and learn about some very unique topics. That said, I'm growing increasingly disi ...

    24 Aug 2014 -

  82. Starting MBA program at Top10 school this fall; I acknowledge my acceptance was a miracle. Kindly seek advice on how to make the most of this opportunity, coming from weak work experience since graduation in '09. I've dabbled in marketing and me ...

    1 comment29 Jul 2014 -

  83. Curious if anyone has personally or has seen someone make the jump from banking/consulting to the front office of an MLB/NFL/NBA/NHL team or with the actual league office. I've done some research on backgrounds within the industry but aside from the ...

    27 Feb 2014 -

  84. Career advice please

    Job Search Advice

    I currently work at a very large publicly traded logistics company in a non finance position. I'm making $50k plus bonus annually. I work 60 hours a week minimum but often more. This company only hires from within and has a "keep what you kill&q ...

    31 May 2013 -

  85. Constulting to IB

    Investment Banking

    I'm coming up on my first year out of school, during which time I've worked within the consulting arm of a top Big 4. I had a high (3.5+) GPA from a top 5 school, however, my university was liberal arts (my degree was in Econ) and I don't h ...

    1 comment27 Jun 2012 -

  86. purgatory

    Job Search Advice

    It seems like all the entry level recruiting is exclusively done at the undergrad level. anyone have any idea on how a recent grad, with experience in a non-finance industry and an advanced degree in economics/theoretical finance weave into the industry? ...

    1 comment14 Dec 2010 -

  87. Hi Quick question on changing careers. I completed my M&A graduate programme and am now in an investing role at a pension fund, and want to move into consulting at MBB (general consulting as opposed to any specific department). I would be applying for ...

    2 Sep 2010 -

  88. Hello all- I'm a former IBD analyst who is now considering what to do next and for a career. My background is: finance + accounting in undergrad. Two years at a bulge bracket bank. Got good deal experience and have good references there. Also briefly ...

    1 comment15 Apr 2010 -