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

Thursday Investment BankerI 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 – Call to review the Purchase Agreement we got for Client B yesterday.

10 AM – Realize that today may indeed be a much-anticipated “Slow Day.” There’s continued work on the presentation and Offering Memorandum for Client A and further revisions to our model for Client C (the private equity deal), but so far I’m spending most of my time shopping for furniture online.

I can’t find anything good online so I’ll probably have to go to a few places in-person over the weekend, assuming I have a weekend.

3 PM – A few hours have passed and I still haven’t done much. Client C keeps sending us a stream of information throughout the day but we’re holding off updating anything until they finish. This is fine by me – I love efficiency.

6 PM – Take a nap in the sleeping room.

The sleeping room is a designated office, usually unoccupied, where analysts take private calls (often with headhunters) and sleep under the desks if need be. It’s usually small and removed from public sight.

I don’t know if this is “official lingo” – this is just what we called it.

8 PM – Wake up from my power nap. I have missed dinner once again and the other analysts ate without me. Finalize presentation for Client A (the one who sent a bunch of last-minute changes the other night and forced me to rush to the airport) for another meeting the next day.

10 PM – Need to wake up for an 8:30 AM meeting with Client A at our office tomorrow, so I go home “early” and fall asleep.

This is an example of how you can have a “slow day” even in the middle of a busy week.

Your workload depends on specific requests from clients and how many pitches you’re working on; this week is unusual in that I had almost entirely client-related work and no pitches.

Series: A Week in the Life of an Investment Banker

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Brian DeChesare is the Founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street. In his spare time, he enjoys memorizing obscure Excel functions, editing resumes, obsessing over TV shows, traveling like a drug dealer, and defeating Sauron.

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  1. Joh Smith

    I need at least 8 hours of sleep a night not to feel sick. As an entry-level analyst, would I be able to get that (including naps). Or, rather, would it be too hard to do?

    (I know that a lot of people say I-Banking is really hard; but, I want to make sure).



    1. No you could not do that on a consistent basis.

  2. What happens if you miss dinner? Can you order food on your own or do you have to go hungry?

    1. You can just order on your own and expense it.

  3. how often, or maybe more importantly how acceptable, is napping? if someone finds out your napping, whether or not theres work to do, is that a good way to get fired?

    1. It’s ok but make sure you’re never found. You won’t get fired but it looks pretty bad so I’d avoid and go to a well-hidden place.

  4. At JPM there was a room on my floor (Natural Resources/FIG) the size of a closet, with no lights or windows, a chair, small desk and a telephone. Outside the door there was a sign on the wall that read “Touchdown Room”.

    1. Haha that’s a good one. I don’t recall if ours ever had an official name…

  5. I was waiting expectantly for this post!! There is nothing more frustrating in banking than the “slow day”!! Ugh!!

    1. Frustrating? Slow days were great. :)

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