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The Investment Banking Career Path: The Complete Guide

When it comes to the investment banking career path, there’s a fitting analogy: a fraternity house. Just like a fraternity, investment banking offers a clear hierarchy, certain rituals you must complete, and benefits and added responsibilities at each level. And, as with a fraternity – or the mafia – you may also run into serious […]
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“Great Communication Skills”: Talk Your Way Into Top Bonuses?

How do you win first place? Do you need natural talent? A rigorous training schedule? Does it come down to your drive? Ask any investment banking or corporate strategy professional what it takes to succeed on the job (read: what it takes to earn top tier bonus), and you’ll hear a few themes over and over […]
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If a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Managing Director (MD) Fight to the Death, Who Comes Out Alive?

Nicolas was a Financial Analyst at General Electric where he explored the world of Corporate Finance. He is now a CFO and Partner Wild is the Game. The deathmatch. It’s fun to play in first-person shooters, but it’s even more fun in real life. And it’s most interesting when you put 2 high-level executives in […]
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The Office Politics Game: How to Climb the Ladder Without Being Assassinated On Your Way to the Top

You’ve seen it all before: the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Soon-To-Be “The Star” joins the office with every intention of making you look bad – while being obscenely chipper. But then a senior banker piles the workload onto our brave young Analyst and he withdraws from everyone one else and pretty soon, he’s just a pitted […]
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Trust No One, and Keep Your Dragon Close: The Game of Thrones Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

About a year ago, I had just finished a long stretch of 80-90 hour workweeks. No, I hadn’t lost my wits and found myself back in investment banking. I had just finished creating and releasing a new course, and I was ready to celebrate. A friend was having a birthday event at the best club […]
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From Analyst to Associate and Beyond: How to Get Promoted In Investment Banking

So, what happens if you’ve lost your mind and suddenly don’t want to move into PE, go to a hedge fund, or become a venture capitalist? You continue on in banking, and move from Analyst to Associate – and beyond. If you’re in the US, you might be wondering why you’d ever want to do […]
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