mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from November 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. When I was in my teens and early 20's, all I could think about was being rich. I didn't care what I had to do to make the money, I just knew that I wanted to be rich. Not just wealthy, either. I wanted the private jets, the boats, the mansions, the proverbial "fuck you" money. What I didn't spend any time thinking about was what would happen if I made that kind of money and then lost it. I was reminded of this when
01 Dec 2012
Hi, I am a financial advisor attending a top 10 MBA program who is trying to land a Summer Associate internship for 2022 (preferably in Chicago). I have about 10 coffee chats, and while people like me and I am experiencing some success in getting referred to other bankers, most people also tell me that my story needs work. I was trying to search the threads for someone who had been in my position and how they crafted their own story. My story currently is that I have been both a financial advisor and a consultant to other financial advisors. In these roles, I've been fulfilled by helping
09 Nov 2021
TLDR The graveyard is a better place for careers than the BO. This post was originally a tantalizing parable about the daily experiences of a back-office drone. Seems it was way too fucking long so it is being revised Short story coming soon. I spent several weeks working the BO and for those who haven't seen its dullness first-hand, I will share a first-hand tale as to why it sucks. Stay tuned for a spine-tingling, bone-gripping story from the Back Office Crypt (boo!)
18 Feb 2019
Greetings fellow WSO members, we are living in tough times. Many of you are probably running into a lot of resistance in recruiting. I don't like talking about myself too much; I also do not think that my story is as interesting as many of yours, because, frankly speaking, I didn't achieve as much as many of you did, in terms of status and position. But as long as this text has a shot at motivating someone to keep on going it is worth it. I know that this text is "tl;dr" for a lot of people, but I hope that this will keep the semi-desperate from reading it and save them time, which they may use more effectively for pursuing their dreams or working on another (Excel-)model .
03 Jan 2012
What's the craziest or funniest thing that you've witnessed in the bathroom at your bank? Whether it's a conversation you overheard, an interaction with a senior team member, or something outright non-kosher and out of this world, let the stories roll in the comments below.
18 Aug 2021
It's not often I find myself captivated by documentaries on mathematics, but a PBS special on Fractals a month ago left me hungry for more. I guess you could say it awakened the long dormant nerd in me. Luckily, I didn't have to wait long for another fix. The BBC is running a truly fascinating 4-part documentary called The Story of Maths, and it is well worth your time if you have any interest in math at all. I've posted the first 10 minutes of the first episode after the jump so you can see what it's all about. I think you can watch the entire series on YouTube, but that seems kinda miserable
28 Sep 2010
Hello all! This will be my first introduction to this new forum. I have heard many positive things about the people and resources on this site, so I look forward to being impressed again and again by members here. The long story short is I look forward to giving whatever I can to this site. Im grateful to have found another resource to continue my journey for knowledge. If you're not much of a story reader, this is where the post ends, but if you care to read what I'm currently going through, I'd very much appreciate any effort to help me out.
16 Dec 2012
If you're like me, you're tired and irked by all those online lists telling you how to live your life and find success. You know the ones. The ones with hyped-up titles like "17 Things You Need to Stop Doing To Yourself Today To Be Happy and Successful." Then you start reading it and it's full of vapid platitudes like "Stop caring about what other people think" and "Do what makes you happy." Well-intentioned as they might be, these lists will not help you. Why? Because they're vague and offer nothing of substance in their present form, without a success story to back them up. We were
05 Jul 2014
as the title states, i very well understand why barriers to entry play an extremely important role in a sucessful growth story, and, generally altough not necessarily, investing story but that being said, i think that the other forces (here i am referring to Porter's framework) [i am thinking labour cost/war prices/etc] do make a great difference in the long term growth prospects of a company. still, wherever i read something on the topic, be it financial papers or financial thesis or books, everyone seems to be on the same page and because i definetely don't pretend to be better than any of these guys (perish the thought!) i would very like to understand why this is (assuming this is effectively the correct view, that is)
02 May 2014
Being a strong believer of data-driven wellness myself, I came across this story of a Banker and his journey on quantified health. He talks about how and why he measures his metabolic profile. Interesting read and learning for all of us. https://www.fitnescity.com/blog/for-bankers-who-w…
05 Oct 2018
I have a pretty humble upbringing (immigrant, parents were blue collar workers, etc.) and that is where I draw a lot of my hunger and resourcefulness from. Should I lead with this in my interviews or is that a little too much? I can also bring it up for the answer to a lot of qualitative questions so it's a little more natural and the interviewer doesn't think I'm telling this sob story over and over again. Is this different the more senior you get? I am 4-6 years out of school and starting to do some interviews again. Though, I don't know if the answer / advice would be different for someone
01 Mar 2018
I am curious what fellow monkeys or potential employers would think about my story. I was a bad kid in high school and didn't graduate. I went through some crappy times and was generally more interested in playing competitive sports than studying or even going to class. A few years later, I found something that I was actually interested in and I enjoyed; finance. I enrolled in a college business program as a mature student and through hard work was able to transfer to a target school and get a summer offer in banking. Now I'm curious how my story may be looked upon by people at my firm or in
10 May 2014