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How to Break into Investment Banking from a Non-Target MBA Program

Is there anything more difficult than breaking into investment banking at the Associate level coming from a non-target MBA program? Yes! Breaking into investment banking if you also have spotty work experience, a non-target undergrad degree, and not-so-great GMAT scores. When a reader with that background contacted me, I was skeptical at first. But then […]
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From Sales to Investment Banking at the MBA Level: Glengarry Glen Gekko?

Are investment bankers just highly paid salespeople? Pretty much. You might even call them “salespeople with a finance problem.” But despite the skill set overlap, it’s notoriously difficult to break into investment banking from a sales background. And when you add a non-target part-time MBA program, no previous IB experience, and an attempted West-Coast-to-East-Coast move […]
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From Boutique Consulting Firm to Top Bulge Bracket Bank: How to Dominate the MBA Investment Banking Recruiting Process

You know you can’t buy bottles with Starwood points, but what about investment banking internships? It’s still tough. And if you haven’t worked at MBB, it’s even more difficult to move from consulting to IB. But it gets easier if you combine that boutique consulting experience with a stint doing internal consulting at a PE firm […]
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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 Win an Investment Banking Offer from a Non-Target MBA Program – Without Any Full-Time Work Experience

A lot of people want to go to business school. Some even want to do it without having any full-time work experience first. And I always respond the same way: “Nooooo! Don’t do it! Step back and re-think your life first.” But sometimes I’m wrong. While it’s difficult to win full-time offers or internships at […]
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How to Break Into Investment Banking at the Associate Level from a Part-Time / Evening / Weekend MBA Program

If there’s one feat more difficult than breaking into investment banking coming from a non-target school, it’s breaking in from a part-time / evening / weekend MBA program. Not only do you contend with inferior access to recruiters and on-campus presentations, but you’re also working full-time and therefore have limited time to network and learn […]
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How to Do Everything Wrong and Still Land an MBA-Level Investment Banking Internship

You often see people with perfect grades at Harvard or Oxbridge, family connections, and brand name internships break into investment banking. And then sometimes there are career changers who prepare long in advance, attend top MBA programs, network like crazy, and win offers from top banks. …And then you have people who don’t follow any […]
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How to Break Into Investment Banking as a Career-Changer in a Part-Time, Non-Target MBA Program

No clever introductions for this one because this story already has more twists and turns than 24 or Lost – so let’s get right into it. Background Q: Walk us through your resume. A: I came from a liberal arts background as an undergraduate, and worked in commercial property management after I graduated. After a […]
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