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From Valuation to Corporate Development: How to Skip Investment Banking Altogether

Can you move from a valuation role into investment banking? Yes, but a better question might be: Would you want to? Bankers tend to approach recruiting with tunnel vision: Even if you have the right skills, you may not have any luck in the recruiting process if your experience doesn’t look correct. If that happens, […]
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From Regional Audit to Investment Banking: How to Break in *Without* the Big 4 Pedigree

Can you break into investment banking as an accountant? We’ve published so many success stories from accountants that the answer seems to be “yes.” Just one problem, though… They were all at Big 4 firms and therefore had the benefit of a strong brand name; in some cases, they even had firsthand experience working on […]
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From Transaction Advisory Services to Investment Banking: How to Use a Top-Tier MBA Degree to Break In

So let’s say you got interested in consulting in undergrad… And then you were “sold” on joining a boutique consulting firm right after graduation… But then you realized you wanted to move into finance and move to another country. What would you do? Network a lot? Move to a more finance-related role first? Apply to […]
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How to Break Into Investment Banking as a Big 4 Accountant in South Africa

If there’s one profession that bankers don’t respect, it’s the poor accountant. Sure, consultants also get a lot of hate … but hey, at least top management consulting firms recruit at the same universities and MBA programs that bankers flock to. For some reason, though, accountants always seem to attract skepticism and scorn from financiers. […]
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From Valuation Advisory to Investment Banking: How to Make the Lateral Leap

Ask around about lateral hiring at investment banks, and you’ll hear a few comments come up repeatedly: “It’s impossible if you haven’t worked in IB before because they only want people with previous experience.” “Seriously, who would ever leave their job suddenly in the middle of the year when it’s so hard to get the […]
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How to Defy the Odds and Break Into Private Equity in China as a Foreigner – Even as Everyone Else is Getting Deported

All the hype over emerging markets sounds great… …until you sit back and realize something: you don’t have a shot at breaking in, at least if you’re a foreigner with no connection to the region. And it’s especially bad in China, where, according to a previous interviewee and plenty of commenters, it’s nearly impossible to […]
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From Big 4 Restructuring to Investment Banking: How to Make the Leap

“Help! I hate my accounting job and want to move into banking, what do I do?” “What group should I transfer to if I want to get into finance?” “My Big 4 salary doesn’t give me enough cash for bottles!” If you’re at a Big 4 firm right now, you’ve had one of the thoughts […]
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