Reader Q&A: Financial Modeling, Breaking In No Matter What, Venture Capital and Crazy People (No Relation)

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This week, we cover financial modeling, what to do if you’re still looking for internships or jobs at this late stage, how to decide on offers if you actually have them, a bunch of questions on venture capital (and private equity), and then the usual roundup of nonsensical questions (always my favorite part).

1. Do you have an opinion on which financial modeling product is best?

Yeah, I don’t like any of them. In the past I used to give a vague answer here, but now I’ve looked at them in detail and talked to customers who have used them, and I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing out there is that great.

Teaching English in Asia as Your “Plan B”, Superdays, Finance in India, Private Equity Recruiting, and More Questions and Answers

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I arrived back in the US this week (and was already bored within 48 hours, maybe I should just accelerate this move to Asia) and realized we hadn’t done a reader Q&A in quite awhile.

This week we’ll cover a broader set of questions than usual, on everything from your backup plan (if finance doesn’t work out) to Superdays, banking in India, schooling, PE recruiting, lawyers vs. bankers, and even some pictures of my travels to Asia (wouldn’t it be crazy if I posted those?).

Your “Plan B” If Banking Doesn’t Work Out

With the market still suffering and recruiting way down at banks, you need to think about your “Plan B” no matter what your qualifications are.

How to Achieve an 8-Figure Net Worth, Banking in Asia vs. NY, Business School, and More Questions… and Answers

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In this edition of New Year’s Q&A, we cover everything from the ever-persistent questions on pay and fashion to banking in different regions, business school, different strategies for breaking in, and even some more questions on the new interview guide.

Some of the interviews and other content planned for 2009 will address these questions in more detail, but hey, why not get started early and kick off the New Year with a bang?

Pay & Fashion

I’ve already said I don’t have a crystal ball, but that doesn’t stop readers from thinking I can predict the future when it comes to bonuses… and somehow I’m a fashion expert now?

1. I just graduated from my college. I would like to own my own mansion in downtown Manhattan, and have a net worth of at least 8 figures by the time I am 30. Is it better to join an existing finance firm to do this, or should I start a fund or business on my own?