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Why I left investment banking at JPMorgan and moved into CleanTech after MBA

Investment banking is brutal! But yet very popular among students and young professionals who see it as a gateway to building valuable skills, gaining excellent experience and making big money. The career path in i-banking jobs at the top tier bulge-bracket investment banks is clear. You join as an investment banking analyst, work for a … Read more


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Highest Paying Finance Jobs in the World

There’s an adrenaline rush to finance. Perhaps it’s because finance is primordial, being as old as civilization itself. Or perhaps it’s because there is a subconscious connection our mind makes with eccentric mathematical geniuses and charming stock market crooks when it thinks of finance. Think Jordan Belfort from The Wolf of Wall Street. Think Michael … Read more


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MBA application tips for investment banking applicants

In the past, we have analyzed what steps you can undertake if you come from management consulting background pre-MBA. If we extend the table from that article, we see this: School % Consultants in class % Finance in class HBS 17% 27% Stanford 19% 20% Wharton 23% 30% Data for class of 2023 | Source: … Read more


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Technology jobs and salaries in investment banking after MBA

Traditionally, finance (and especially investment banking) has captured the cream of the fresh MBA graduate population. As much as even a decade ago, according to what can be perceived from GMAC’s corporate recruiter surveys published each year, consulting and finance shared the most hires with information technology somewhere in the lower mix. But with changing … Read more


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How to get into investment banking from a non-target school

In business school jargon, ‘feeder’ or ‘target’ programs are those that you can target to get into specific industries such as investment banking, consulting, technology or any other sector you may have in mind. In contrast, non-target or non-feeder schools are those that aren’t considered primarily for their focus on a particular sector you’re targeting. … Read more


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A day in the life of an investment banker

Investment bankers are among Wall Street’s most sought-after professionals. On behalf of their employers—that is, investment banks — they facilitate financial services and transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, debt/equity financing, and initial public offerings, for their client companies. Investment bankers help companies assess their positioning and provide defense to managements for their policies and decisions. … Read more


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How I got an investment banking internship on Wall Street

An investment banking internship on Wall Street with a bulge bracket bank is a dream opportunity for many MBA students. What does it take to get an I-banking internship? How does the process work? What are the challenges to be aware of? Navdeep Garg, an MBA student at the Duke Fuqua MBA program, offers valuable … Read more


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Market sizing questions, examples and answers

What are market-sizing questions? They are what management consultants can expect at first meetings with their clients. As one, you can bet these questions will be thrown at you at brainstorming sessions with them, and a question such as “What’s the US market for mattresses?” or “What’s the market for 60-inch LED TVs in London?” … Read more


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How to answer brain teasers in interviews for Consulting & Investment Banking jobs

If you thought that interviewers at management consulting and investment banking (IB) interviews use brainteasers to put candidates at ease and bring in some light-hearted moments, you will be scratching your head after reading this: these mindbenders have a larger purpose. Although brainteasers may not be such a key part of interviews as technical and … Read more


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Investment banking cover letter tips and samples

First, is a cover letter necessary for investment banking jobs? In many cases, no, but in some cases, yes, as it turns out. At bulge bracket investment banks, the recruiters are unlikely to read a cover letter for just-out-of-school positions; they may only see your resume. But some insist on cover letters for graduate positions … Read more


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Life after investment banking: Top exit options

The motivation and ambition to become the “Wolf of Wall Street” (read Best movies for MBA students) drives many young professionals to the world of investment banking (IB). After a few months or years of slogging 100 hours a week, some of them have an epiphany: that there is more to life than just big … Read more