Andy note: This post was recommended by the author as a good one to repost to homepage - "Since it is recruiting season I think this post might be a good one to bump, VFA will be recruiting at all the top campuses around the U.S." Every year a large amount of the best and brightest U.S. students head off to finance or consulting jobs. Seeing the success of programs like Teach For America led Andrew Yang to realize that the best and brightest were looking for more options, specifically options where they could "give back." He decided to create Venture for America a program that recruits those
20 Sep 2012
Hi all, Been a reader for a while, but first time poster. A bit of background: I am currently a senior at a no-name state university, and will graduate in a couple of weeks with a 3.99 GPA and majors in Economics & Environmental Studies. Ultimately, I would like to attend a top MBA program and work for an MBB or tier-2 consulting firm, or in a strategy role with a fortune 500 company. I'm currently considering an offer to join Teach For America, and am curious to hear some thoughts on TFA as a route to my stated goals. Educational equity is something that I'm passionate about and TFA is
29 Apr 2018
Hey all, I'm current a senior student at a large state uni studying accounting/finance. Will be doing one year of grad school to get an MS Finance. I've had an accounting internship (Big 4) and have an upcoming SA gig with a BB within their Commercial Bank. Early apps for TFA 2019 Corps close next month, and I've been thinking more and more about applying. Ideally, I want to work in IB or a similar role as my first finance job, but is doing TFA a hindrance? I know it's viewed as a great experience and actually gives you a boost in applying for positions and bschools, but is 2 years away too
11 Feb 2018
I am currently finishing up my training for teach for america. Education and education reform are passions of mine but ultimately my goal would be to work in finance (preferably ibd). Would I have a shot at hbs or other top 5 schools coming straight out of tfa? I'd only have two years work experience. I had a pwm internship at a top firm in college and plan on interning in ibd next summer in between my first and second year of teaching.
04 Jul 2011
Hi there, I graduated from Yale in 2015 without any background whatsoever in finance. I'll be completing my two-year Teach For America program in June 2017. At that time, I'll be 24 years old without any formal finance training but great interest in banking. Questions I have for y'all: 1. What avenues/options do I have for breaking into IB? 2. If you could recommend some "first steps," what would you suggest? I've been reading "Investment Banking for Dummies" and "corporate finance for Dummies" to get started, seriously... 3. If I graduated from Yale with two non-finance related degrees, have
27 Oct 2016
Hi all, Long time WSO reader, but first time poster. The site's been a huge help as transitioned from Teach for America into the commercial real estate world, so I figured I'd try to give back a little. A bit about me: I graduated in 2012 from a New England liberal arts college. Always knew I wanted to go into real estate (family background in investment and development), but decided to do TFA before starting. Taught English for two years in a middle school before transitioning to commercial brokerage. My long term plan is to learn the market doing leasing then transition into investment and
28 Sep 2014
So for those of you who are unaware, Teach for America and Goldman Sachs firmly cemented their partnership this year. Goldman will be offering (at least) 20 minorities in the incoming Teach for America class summer internships. Do you all think this is a move to try and take away from the evil perception of Goldman by being buddy buddy with arguably the most prolific non-profit today? Or do you see it as another way for them to access and recruit some of the most qualified "do-gooders" into the firm? Do you think something like this is good for TFA and furthers its mission? Do you think more banking/finance/consulting firms will make this type of partnership with TFA?
15 Mar 2011
Hey Monkeys, So I am graduating from college in 4 weeks (I am freaking out I can't believe it is here) and I have been offered a very unique position to work for TFA for 2-3 months at a summer institute as an operations coordinator, NOT A TEACHER!!. Is this internship worth doing before moving the NYC and consulting for Accenture Strategy? (Already committed to my full time gig and I start after the TFA commitment would be over). For those of you who are going to tell me to travel or explore the world - unfortunately, my parents are not willing to fund my pipe dreams of back packing around
30 Mar 2016
I recruited for a lot of different areas this year, and these are the offers I got. I have a lot of interests, and just wanted to get a sense of what people think are the best opportunities. What do you guys think? They're all FT positions, and Qatalyst is IB, Nomura is S&T, Teach for America is for a high school around Oakland. These are all for SF/bay area. I haven't worked at any of these places, so I don't know what the culture is like.
21 Oct 2010
What's everyone's thoughts or advice? Is it tough to get back into consulting after TFA? Is it tough to go banking after TFA? What about business school?
18 Jan 2011
Just seeking some advice from you guys here-- I just graduated from Northwestern this past June, and right now I'm doin Teach for America for the next two years. As you can tell from the name of the post, I'm trying to break into the consulting field afterwards. I majored in History during undergrad, with the original intent to go to law school after TFA. Needless to say I've had a change of heart. TFA had a resume collection for internships at Deloitte recently but I was unsuccessful. Any suggestions as to how to frame my experiences and make my resume / apps more attractive? Clearly I am not the "typical" applicant. Thanks!
19 Oct 2011
What do you guys think of doing Teach For America for two years as an alternative to the banking/finance world right now? I think it could be a great experience, and then after it going to business school or doing an analyst program, provided that this whole mess gets a little better, and I get accepted to do Teach for America.
17 Sep 2008
I was recently invited to a first round interview for Monitor's summer internship program. The interview is on February 4th, and I found out about it this past Saturday. In all honesty I was not expecting to receive an interview offer so I stupidly did not start preparing for the interview until I received word on Saturday.
24 Jan 2012
Hey guys, just wanted to get some opinions on my situation. I'm currently about to begin my second year of TFA, and I've spent the summer interning for an ed-tech start up. After my second year, I plan on returning to this same start up as a business analyst before hopefully applying to HBS or some other top bschool. I graduated from Northwestern with a mediocre GPA. With a great GMAT, do I stand a chance for HBS / Stanford ? Kellogg? Any input would be appreciated.
18 Aug 2012
As the financial services and consulting industries scale back their college recruitment efforts since the big crisis, it seems an unlikely organization is filling the void: Teach for America . By adopting the recruitment playbook of Wall Street -- that is, laser-focus on target schools and showering elite candidates with personalized attention -- Teach for America is climbing the prestige ladder.
"As Teach for America has been around longer and hired very smart people, it's gotten even better at how they recruit students, while the financial services industry has slowed down and experienced negative publicity in the media," Ms. Wilson said. Many regard earning a spot in Teach for America a "badge of success."
13 Jan 2013
Hoping to get a few opinions here. I'm really wanting to do Teach For America for two years after college, but I'd like to potentially do IB/consulting after the commitment. I know that TFA has a solid network and some big corporate partners (BB, big 3 consultancies, google, etc), but I think only 2-5% applicants through its career services actually get offers. The thing is, I'm also weighing accepting an ops position right now (not ideal, but hey, maybe I could leverage it into something better a few years down the line). I'd like to do TFA, but I also don't want to risk losing street cred in the business world - any thoughts? I've got some solid internships, but I don't think that would make up for being 25 without a FT job in finance. Would you have to do an MBA after TFA?
19 May 2010
I've recently received an offer and accepted from a BB i-bank in NY; however, at the same time, I've been getting recruited by Teach for America. My plan is to work my two years, if I still enjoy continue with it for who knows how long, but if not, go to either business school or do Teach for America. Would you guys recommend pursuing Teach for America after working for 2-3 years, just forget about it and go to business school, or do all three? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
17 Nov 2009
I'm sure most of you here read Dealbook regularly, but for those that don't please enjoy. The best parts are the in comments. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/deferring-six-figures-on-wall-st… User comment:
04 Jan 2013
Hi all, I'm a current senior at a top-tier university (HYPS) who recently received an offer at TFA for post-graduation. In the past, I worked a summer analyst role at a large PE firm ($45B AUM) and an associate consultant role at a well-known non-profit. Similar to others who have posted on this subject before, I believe I would learn a lot from the experience but am concerned about my ability to transition out of TFA and back into the private sector. I've been told by many advisors at TFA that moving back into business is a plausible option, but the stats tell me otherwise. According to TFA
05 Sep 2018