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How to Break into Investment Banking as an Engineer – If You Enjoy the Punishment

I thought that engineers would stop wanting to move into finance. After all, companies like Google and Facebook now offer higher pay, better hours, and more interesting work than banks. And students at top universities and business schools are increasingly interested in technology rather than finance. But despite all that, some engineers still want to get […]
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How to Break into Investment Banking as a Former Entrepreneur

Wait, WHAT?!!! Yes, I know what you’re thinking: you could see how liberal arts majors, accountants, consultants, engineers, and male escorts might want to get into finance… …but why would you ever want to go from running your own company to creating pitch books in a dungeon for 80 hours per week? At first glance, […]
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How to Move from Capital Markets to M&A at an Investment Bank

Can you ever be fully satisfied? If you’re reading this site, the answer is probably “no.” You go through a ridiculous amount of effort to get into investment banking, private equity, or even (gasp) management consulting, but then… You want to move to a more prestigious firm… You want to work in a team with […]
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From Law to Investment Banking: Even Better Than Starring in “Suits”?

If real life imitated TV perfectly, law would be an intellectually stimulating and exciting career path for everyone. You work with high-profile clients, try intense cases, make massive M&A deals happen, and empower the barbarians at the gate. Except… that doesn’t quite hold up in real life. The average corporate law job turns into a game of “How many documents […]
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How to Move from the Buy-Side TO Investment Banking – Without Bribing the Chairman or Having a Well-Connected Family

Wait, what? Why would you ever want to do this? Isn’t it the equivalent of dating a supermodel, and then breaking up with her and eloping with your pudgy, pimple-faced neighbor? Not quite. There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to move from a private equity, hedge fund, or other buy-side role back TO investment […]
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From Liberal Arts to Finance: Shakespeare with Swag, or Mission: Impossible?

“I’m writing in because I’d like to share with you my story of how I broke in against all odds. I’m a liberal arts major at a non-target university, and I decided at the end of my 2nd year that I wanted to get into investment banking. I won an internship at a local boutique […]
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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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How to Break Into Finance as a Consultant

I’m not gonna lie: I haven’t treated consultants very well before – and even though that infamous Leveraged Sellout video is ancient history by now, it still pops into my head whenever I get questions from consultants. But despite that, I still do get lots of questions from consultants on how to move into the […]
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How to Break Into Investment Banking as an Engineer With No Finance Background: Case Study

There’s no mystery why the article on How to Break Into Investment Banking as an Engineer is one of the most popular on this site, with over 100 comments: it struck a chord with many readers. You’ve studied engineering or you’ve been an engineer for awhile, and now you want to make the move into […]
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Accounting to Investment Banking: How to Make the Move

“It’s tax time. I know this because I’m staring at documents that make no sense to me, no matter how many beers I drink.” -Dave Barry Got “stuck” in accounting or auditing and now you want to break into investment banking? I recently discussed this exact topic with a reader and covered what to do. […]
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Lateral Hiring 101: How to Look Before You Leap, and Then How to Make the Leap

“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” -Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince Except with lateral hiring – where “mistakes of ambition” are sometimes just not worth it. Look Before You Leap: Should You Do It At All? This is the first question you […]
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Lateraling To Another Investment Bank? Look Before You Leap

“I’m in the Credit Suisse Tech M&A Group currently but I heard that Goldman TMT is way better and that everyone who works there aces their private equity interviews and gets offers at KKR and Blackstone. How can I transition over to a much better group/bank?” Every week I get questions like the one above. […]
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How to Break Into Finance as a Lawyer

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” -William Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 2, Act IV Lawyers don’t get much respect – whether it’s from investment bankers or Shakespeare. But if you’re a lawyer and you want to break into finance – investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, and so on – there […]
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