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If you think of corporate finance and corporate development roles as your “Plan B,” you’re greatly underestimating the potential of these jobs.

Not only is the work arguably more interesting, but you can make a lot of money at the more senior levels – especially at bigger companies.

We go into the recruiting process, what it’s like on the job, and how different groups and regions differ from each other here.

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Marketing: The Most “Creative” Investment Banking Exit Opportunity?

Marketing?!! Probably not the first department that springs to mind when you think of “investment banking exit opportunities.” But if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming Don Draper and continuing to hone your Level 99 Excel skills at the same time, it might be right up your alley. In the 1960s, marketing actually resembled Mad Men: a bunch […]
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General Electric’s Financial Management Program: An Insider’s Guide on How to Break In

Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He’s focused on Investment Banking and Corporate Finance recruiting in Europe and provides his clients with strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation (full bio at the bottom of this article.) Have you ever found yourself […]
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General Electric’s Financial Management Program: The Most Prestigious Corporate Finance Gig Around?

Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.) There’s a lot of debate around […]
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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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From Community College to Fortune 500 Investor Relations: How to Defy the Odds Even When Everyone Tells You “No”

The “path.” It never seems to die. And neither does the assumption that you need to follow a certain “path” to get into the finance industry. It’s like a cockroach: no matter how many times I drop nuclear bombs on it, it just won’t stay dead. That’s why I wanted to share this story of a reader […]
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If a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Managing Director (MD) Fight to the Death, Who Comes Out Alive?

Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.) The deathmatch. It’s fun to play […]
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From Big 4 Transaction Advisory Services to Corporate Development at a Large Financial Institution: Half the Audits and Twice the Money?

If you want to work in corporate development and have a reasonable lifestyle, solid pay, and hang out with Ron Conway and Ashton Kutcher while turning down multi-billion dollar acquisition offers (just kidding – read the article I linked to), one option is to suffer your way through investment banking and break in after working […]
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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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A Week in the Life of a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager, Thursday and Friday: How to Present Your 3-Year Strategy Plan to the CEO

This is the second part of “A Week in the Life of a Financial Planning & Analysis Manager” – if you missed Part One, click here to catch up. The first 3 days of this week were all about setup and preparation: consolidating financials and plans from different European countries and getting ready to tell […]
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A Week in the Life of a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager, Monday to Wednesday: 3-Year Strategy Plans, Loopy CFOs, and Midnight Excel Marathons

In theory, corporate finance is supposed to offer “better hours” and “less stress” than investment banking… And it’s a nice theory most of the time: my last feature on 24 hours in a life of a Corporate Finance analyst spelled out a typical quiet Friday at the office. And then we looked at how much […]
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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 is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.) You’re sitting in front of your […]
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A Day in the Life of a Corporate Finance Analyst: Casual Friday, Mocking Consultants, and “Critical Emergencies”

Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.) Warning: This article doesn’t feature models […]
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How to Break Into Corporate Development as an Engineer with No Finance Experience

No one wants to be an engineer anymore. Engineering graduates are no longer going into engineering, and even current engineers want out. The cream of the crop moves into finance and consulting, seeking excitement, glory, and more bottles than a meager engineer’s salary could afford. The interviewee you’re about to hear from was an engineering […]
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Wheeling, Dealing, and Joint Venturing: On the Job in Corporate Development

Last time around you learned all about how to break into corporate development – from getting interviews to answering questions to following up successfully. But just as with sales & trading, the more interesting part is what you do on a daily basis in corporate development, what the lifestyle is like, how much you get paid, […]
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How to Break Into Corporate Development and Make Bank Without Selling Your Soul

While other exit opportunities get more attention – it is hard to pass up moving into PE or hedge funds and buying your own country, after all – corporate development presents many attractive benefits, such as having a life and building value for customers rather than destroying the world. Today we’re going to speak with […]
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