I get a lot of questions about how I became an investment banker. I really don’t like talking about myself this much, but here is the whole story from beginning to end.
This mid-week episode of Finance Career Launch is the final installment in the series about Getting into Investment Banking. In this episode, we’ll walk through my story about how I became an investment banker.
To sum up the episode, I would say that I was relentless in my pursuit – I researched online (whatever was available in 1998), read books and built relationships with as many people as possible. I eventually knew enough about the business and had met enough people that I got in. Definitely not easy, but it was simple.
In this episode:
- How I used the resources at my school, although it seemed like there weren’t any for investment banking
- The ways in which (I believe) I distinguished myself
- Why you need to read Big Deal, by Bruce Wasserstein
- The extent to which I researched the industry
- Why online courses from Wall Street Prep and Breaking Into Wall Street are not expensive (I would have definitely invested the few hundred dollars had they existed in 1998)
- The need to find an alumnus who is doing what you want to do
- How to get results when approaching alumni for help
- Why it is your responsibility to make it easy for people to help you
- How to follow up and follow through
- The magic of the informational interview request (when it is sincere)
- A self assessment of what I did right in my initial job search
- How I seriously bombed an interview at a bulge bracket firm (and probably made the guy want to punch me in the face)
- What I did right after I became an investment banker
- Some of the things I could have done better in my investment banking career
Music by Elijah from NOMADS