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Holla Back, Office: Should You Avoid the Back Office at All Costs?

A decade ago, I wrote an article strongly advising you against working in “the back office” at a bank. It became one of the most popular and controversial articles on this site. In the comments, people on both sides of the debate weighed in: Camp #1: I agree! The back office is terrible; I’ve been […]
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The Nightmares Before, During, and After Christmas on the Graveyard Shift at The Most Successful Bank in the World

Santa: [from inside the bag where he is kidnapped] “Me on vacation? On Christmas Eve?” (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton, 1993) Merry Making “You better watch out, you better not cry,” sang the voice. We could hear it from far away, and, thankful as we were for the advance warning, hurriedly hiding our just-bitten-into sandwiches […]
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Tales from the Graveyard Shift, Part 2: The Battle of the Front Desk

The first installment of her column about Life on the Graveyard Shift in the Presentation Center (of the Most Important Bank in the Universe in London) was one of the most commented-on posts on Mergers & Inquisitions in the past year. Now, the clock has struck midnight once again and Nyla Nox is ready to take […]
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Busting the Front Office Analyst Myth: Three Unexpected Truths You Need to Move from Admin to Analyst

All finance-minded students and professionals are bred to eat, sleep, and think that the “front office” is the only place to be for their first position. But I’m here to set the record straight – there is no such thing as a “front office analyst.” It’s an oxymoron. Especially when you’re just starting out (like […]
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Secrets from the Presentation Center: A Night in the Life of a Graveyard Shift Operator

This is a guest post from Nyla Nox, who worked the graveyard shift in presentation centers of the biggest banks of London for over 7 years. It’s easy to ignore the back office and brush it off as a “support role” – and hey, even the past coverage of the back office on this site […]
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Tales From The Back Office: How To Take No Prisoners And Fight Your Way Into The Front

So it seems the back office vs. front office discussion last week touched quite a few nerves. In addition to some interesting comments, I also received many stories of those who made the jump from back office to investment banking or trading. I’ll go through 3 here: The Exception That Proves The Rule, The Banker […]
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