General Electric’s Financial Management Program: The Most Prestigious Corporate Finance Gig Around?

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General Electric Financial Management ProgramThere’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 route, there’s no debate over the best, or at least most “prestigious,” option within corporate finance: General Electric’s Financial Management Program (FMP).

It has been around for almost 100 years (created in the 1930s), and 75% of GE’s Chief Financial Officers went through it!

The only problem is that if you try to read about it online, you run into corporate speak and buzzwords galore, but little real information.

I actually graduated from the program and then left GE to start my own business, so I want to give you a realistic, non-sugar-coated version of what you do, what a “rotational program” in corporate finance means, and just how lucrative / prestigious it is.

Plus, we’ll take a look at how it compares to IB roles and answer the #1 question on your mind: is there any reason to forget about IB and become an FMP instead?

What Exactly IS a “Financial Management Program” (FMP)?

Metals & Mining Corporate Development and Investor Relations: Measured and Indicated Exit Opportunities?

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Metals & Mining Corporate DevelopmentWhat 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 solid full-time finance experience?

The answer to all those better be “yes,” because our interviewee today – Jerry Huang – had to do all of that and more when he first broke into the industry.

I’m not sure if he owns a gold mine yet, but just give it a few hours…

Natural resources is always a “different” sector, and in this comprehensive interview he breaks down metals & mining corporate development and investor relations, including:

  • The windy path he took to break into metals & mining in Canada.
  • How recruiting differs in natural resources, especially at smaller companies.
  • What an average day in the corporate finance team of a natural resources company is like.
  • How JV and asset-level deals differ from acquisitions of entire companies, and how you think about each of them differently.

Let’s get the shovels out and start digging:

From Call Center to Corporate Development: Mining for Gold

Investment Banking to Sales at a Tech Start-Up: Do Deals and Make Bank Without Ever Staring at Excel Again?

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Investment Banking to Sales at a Tech Start-UpCan you use Excel to kill someone?

Maybe.

But it can definitely make to want to kill yourself.

Or at least think about quitting as you pull yet another all-nighter to finish yet another “urgent” model.

If that’s you, the finance industry is probably not for you.

But you might still like working on deals in a fast-paced environment.

If you do, you have a lot in common with today’s interviewee: Nick Seaver, who moved from investment banking into an Account Executive role in the sales team at Clarizen, Inc.

Sales gets a bad reputation because people hear the word and immediately think of Glengarry Glen Ross, or pushy car salesmen.

But selling software to enterprise customers is a completely different ball game.

And it’s a great opportunity to get paid well, work in a team you like, and spend your time talking to people rather than staring at spreadsheets.

If you find a good enough role, you might even turn down multiple PE and HF offers to accept it – like our interviewee did:

How to Turn Down Multiple Private Equity and Hedge Fund Offers and Live to Tell the Tale