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How to Break into Corporate Development at a Fortune 100 Company without Investment Banking Experience

How much can you ignore the requirements for a job? Based on this site, your answer might be: “A lot; look at all those stories of students from non-target schools getting into investment banking!” It’s true that many readers have pounded the pavement into investment banking, but those stories were all for entry-level roles. Is it […]
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Corporate Finance vs. Corporate Development: How to Decide

What if you just can’t decide? Many roles in finance are similar, and they often have similar-sounding names. This problem comes up with corporate finance and corporate development roles. Yes, both names contain “corporate,” but the jobs are very, very different. To find out more about how they compare, I recently spoke with a reader […]
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What to Expect in the General Electric Financial Management Program (FMP) in the U.S.

If you work at a multinational conglomerate, does it matter where you work? In other words, if a company operates in 180 countries, could there be big differences between those countries? The answer is yes. One of the best examples is the GE Financial Management Program, which we covered in a previous series (from an […]
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Corporate Development in Latin America: The Best Way to Profit from Infrastructure Development in the Amazon?

If developed markets aren’t doing so well, does it make sense to move to an emerging or frontier market to find work? And if you do make the leap, can you ever return home, or are you stuck there forever? We get questions like this all the time, so I recently spoke with a reader […]
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General Electric’s Financial Management Program: The Most Prestigious Corporate Finance Gig Around?

Nicolas was a Financial Analyst at General Electric where he explored the world of Corporate Finance. He is now a CFO and Partner Wild is the Game. There’s a lot of debate around the “best” place to start your career: Investment banking? Private equity? Corporate finance? Equity research? But if you go the corporate finance […]
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Metals & Mining Corporate Development and Investor Relations: Measured and Indicated Exit Opportunities?

What would you do to own your own gold mine? Would you be willing to start out in a call center at a bank? Or commute 2 hours each way to a remote branch of the bank, just to get better work? What about hustling your way into the mining industry, even after you’ve had […]
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Strategic Planning at a Defense Contractor: Top Exit Opportunity, or a “Plan B” for Consultants?

Say the word “strategy” and you’ll attract management consultants like flies to honey, and for good reason: you really have to like Porter’s Five Forces and a whole lot of PowerPoint to get ahead in both fields. (Plus, a good share of mining for gold in Saskatchewan… maybe). Bankers, of course, tend to go into […]
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Investor Relations: The Best Path to Getting a Life, Securing Stability and a Solid Paycheck, and Going Benefit Hopping on Friday Nights?

Bored of working 100 hour weeks? About to break up with your significant other because he / she barely sees you? One solution is to quit and become a ski bum. Another is to go work at a normal company and get better hours in corporate development, corporate finance, and yes, also Investor Relations – […]
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The Corporate Finance Jobs Hierarchy at a Fortune 500 Company: From Analyst Monkey to CFO

Nicolas was a Financial Analyst at General Electric where he explored the world of Corporate Finance. He is now a CFO and Partner Wild is the Game. You’re sitting in front of your computer reading your 102nd rejection email: “Thanks for your interest, but we have already hired for this position.” You start to feel […]
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