From Transaction Advisory Services to Investment Banking: How to Use a Top-Tier MBA Degree to Break In

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Transaction Advisory Services to Investment BankingSo let’s say you got interested in consulting in undergrad…

And then you were “sold” on joining a boutique consulting firm right after graduation…

But then you realized you wanted to move into finance and move to another country.

What would you do?

Network a lot?

Move to a more finance-related role first?

Apply to top-tier business schools?

“All of the above” might be the best answer here, as you’ll see from one reader who made this exact transition.

In addition to all that, you’ll also discover:

  • What MBA-level recruiting at a top business school is like, and what separates successful candidates from unsuccessful ones.
  • How to defy the odds and work in the finance industry in China as a foreigner.
  • Whether or not you need a steppingstone job if you’re using an MBA to transition into investment banking.
  • Whether or not IB recruiting is easier now that tech is attracting more MBA candidates.

Boutique Consulting to TAS in China: Lost in Translation?

A Bitcoin Startup: The Best Exit Opportunity for Bankers Interested in Tech?

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Bitcoin StartupDo you learn anything useful in investment banking?

Banks hype up the “transferable skill set,” but anyone who’s worked full-time in IB before might tell you something different:

No, compulsively fixing font sizes in PowerPoint and swapping in slide for last-minute fire drills do not count as “transferable skills.”

But there might be one area where your experience in the industry does give you an advantage.

I’m referring to financial technology (fintech) startups, and the latest, hottest area within fintech: Bitcoin.

Our interviewee today worked in investment banking and private equity before leaving to start BitX, a leading Bitcoin wallet, exchange, and merchant services provider.

Say hello to Marcus Swanepoel, who shares the full story of how he left his previous career in finance to change the world with Bitcoin:

Banking to Bitcoin

Q: Can you start by telling us exactly what your company does and how it’s different from other Bitcoin-related startups?

Do You Want to Be a Financial Analyst at Google?


Google Financial AnalystDo you believe everything you read?

Probably not.

But what if it’s from an authoritative source – one you’ve trusted because the information is reliable?

Then you might believe a higher percentage of information from this source.

That’s the approach we try to take on this site: rather than letting everyone from high school students to gold farmers in World of Warcraft to imprisoned ex-financiers write articles, I am quite strict about what gets published.

But there’s a problem with this approach: broad topics like “corporate finance jobs” or “private equity interviews” or “hedge fund stock pitches” are tough to generalize, and there are always variations.

One place where you see a lot of variations is with “financial analyst” roles at normal companies – especially at a company like Google.

In this interview, a long-time contributor to the site joins me once again to discuss:

  • What you might expect in a Financial Analyst role at Google
  • Recruiting, what the team is looking for, and how to get in
  • What an average day is like, from meetings to VBA
  • How to tell if it’s right for you

Get the full MP3 recording, the transcript, and the summary of key points after the jump:

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