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A Week in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst: Saturday

If I wanted to, I could be cruel here and write about that one Saturday when I was summoned away from dinner and had to work into Sunday, but that’s not a typical weekend. Plus, it wouldn’t be accurate since I’m pulling all these day-in-the-life accounts from the same week in my life as an […]
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A Day in the Life of a Former Investment Banker

So, what do you do when you quit the world of investment banking? I’m not talking about getting fired – I’m talking about when you voluntarily quit to do something else, ideally without a “Plan B” in place. Is life less stressful? More fun? How can you entertain yourself all day? And most importantly, what […]
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A Week in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst: Friday

Back when I wrote that Friday at 4 PM is the worst time to be an investment banker, I wasn’t joking. Mondays and Fridays tend to be the worst because of all the last-minute surprises – though in this case my “Friday surprise” arrived earlier than 4 PM. 7:30 AM – Wake up late for an […]
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A Week in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst: Thursday

I could have called this one “The Slow Day” and it would have been more accurate. This is just about the slowest day you can have in investment banking and still call yourself a banker. 9 AM – Head in. I’ve been here for awhile now so I’ve stopped caring about arriving “early.” 9:30 AM […]
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A Week in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst: Wednesday

Our series continues with an account of Wednesday of the same week in my life as an analyst. This one is the closest to a “typical day” of anything in this series. 8 AM – Join a customer due diligence call for an upcoming IPO for Client D. No way I’m in the office this […]
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A Week in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst: Tuesday

My week continues with an account of what happened on Tuesday – not quite as dreaded as Monday, but still far from the weekend. 9 AM – No fire drills today, so I get to the office at a normal time once again. The morning is fairly slow and I spend most of my time […]
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A Week in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst: Sunday & Monday

One bit of feedback I’ve received over time is that my “Day In The Life” features are among your favorites. Whether it’s my worst day or my best day, everyone’s interested in… what bankers actually do. In the spirit of the famed investment banking lifestyle, this article kicks off a series on what’s it like to be […]
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The Best Day in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst

I’ve taken some heat from those who said that my “Day In The Life Of An Investment Banking Analyst” article was an unfair portrayal of the job. It can’t always be that bad, right? There has to be some upside; you can’t always be pulling all-nighters while 5 different Associates are yelling at you for […]
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A Day in the Life of an Investment Banking Analyst

“6:30 Sycophant drops by on his way out. Client meeting next Friday but wants complete turn of a pitch for first thing tomorrow morning (tomorrow morning = when he finally gets around to looking at it at some point next week). A quick calculation; there’s no way I’m getting out of here before four in […]
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