Introduction: College students looking to get into #InvestmentBanking, read below to see why I picked Investment Banking as a career out of college and why you should too. Investment Banking amplifies your career and gives you a leg up on what you want to do after your time in Investment Banking.
Three Reasons Why I Chose Investment Banking:
- I wanted deal experience. What does this mean? I wanted to work on M&A transactions and capital market activities (e.g., debt offerings & equity raises) and understand how deals came together from the point of a seller, buyer, and creditors (I worked in restructuring).
- I wanted to develop a solid technical and soft skill set. Let’s break these two down a bit more.
- Technical Skill Set means the following (to me): Can you take a CIM, a 10-K, or a teaser and extrapolate the given data to create a 1-page write-up on a deal or company that speaks to the merits of the deal (favorable or a negative). Further, can you leverage excel as a tool to complete an analysis (whatever it might be, e.g., accretion/dilution, LBO, DCF, forecasting analysis, etc.)
- Soft Skill Set means the following (again, to me): can you take a blank PowerPoint and use it to convey a story to a buyer or seller to speak to why the transaction or investment is worthwhile, i.e., should we buy or sell or raise capital or divest an asset, etc.
- I knew I wanted to be an investor/operator as an “end state” for my career. As I researched the career of folks that I admire (e.g., Thomas Tull, John Malone, Ken Moelis, Josh Harris, Louis Bacon, Bob Iger, Neil & David Rimer, Meg Whitman, Deborah Farrington, Indra Nooyi), I realized most had backgrounds in either consulting/banking/buy-side. I knew that investment banking was the best place for me to go and start my career – get my feet wet and then go from there.
Conclusion: This exercise aims to further remove the noise from your day-to-day and remain focused on what matters – getting a job in Investment Banking. Please leave all questions below in the comment or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 310.526.2906! Also, feel free to leave any feedback or thoughts on what else you’d like to see. Thank you all!
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