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Dan talks about his experiences at Harvard Business School where he is studying for his MBA.

Transaction Services, Tax & Audit at PwC - then Product Control at top 5 Investment Bank!
Co-hosted by Bhavik P, Ex-PwC Chartered Accountant

Bhavik works at a top 5 Investment Bank within the Fixed Income Rates Independent Valuation Control team. Prior to this he worked in the Fixed Income Credit Product Control team. He also spent 3 years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he gained his ACA qualification and his broad experience includes Tax, Transaction Services and Audit. Bhavik has been on our coaching team since 2004 and has successfully coached many students applying for roles in different areas but primarily those applying for accountancy roles.

Bhavik will answer the following questions, among others:

• Can you tell me about the early years at PwC? You worked in Transaction Services, Tax & Audit.
• How long in each one? Can you talk about the pros and cons of each area?
• How difficult was the ACA chartered accountant exams compared to university?
• Do the Big Four kick you out if you fail a certain number of ACA exams?
• Did you always know you would leave PwC after qualifying?
• How do you find Product Control compared to Audit or Tax?
• I know you are in Fixed Income Credit. Can you spend a couple of minutes describing exactly what you do on a day to day basis?
• Can people move from Product Control into say, Trading? Would they want to?
• Assuming a typical entry-level person who goes straight into Product Control, what would he or she expect to get paid in the first 5 years at a bulge bracket bank?
• Better to qualify first as an ACA or go straight to Product Control first?
• How did you your banks to hire you as a Product Controller?
• Can you give me 2 examples of big issues you had to deal with recently?
• How can I best prepare for an interview in Product Control?
• Who gets paid more, Accountants at the Big 4 or Product Controllers?
• Where do professionals move on to after Product Control?
• Do you ever get involved in recruiting? What makes you select a particular CV/Resume for interview? What gets a person the job offer after the interview?

Equities Derivatives Trading – what you do as an Analyst
Co-hosted by Aidan G, Derivatives Trader at #10 Ranked Investment Bank

Aidan recently graduated from University College Dublin with a First Class Honours degree in Actuarial & Financial Studies. He currently works in Equity Derivatives Trading within Capital Markets at the #10 ranked Investment Bank. Before that he worked at Redington Ltd as an ALM & Investment Strategy analyst. Redington is an investment consultancy set up 4 years ago by the former Heads of Merrill Lynch's Pensions and Insurance Solution Group, and is at the cutting edge of the investment consultancy space.  Aidan has completed several internships in various positions in investment banks, most recently he interned on a Global Macro Proprietary Trading desk at HSBC. While there was given the opportunity to trade with stop-loss limit of $50,000. He traded for 6 weeks of his internship making a profit for the desk of $80,000. He traded products including: FX, gold, equities futures and STIRs.   As part of his course, he completed a 6-month internship in Deutsche Bank in London in a middle office risk position. He also spent a summer interning in a back-office position in Merrill Lynch in Dublin.  Aidan rowed at a very high level for his university with many notable successes, has completed his skydiving AFF licence, played rugby at a high level in school and has recently taken up amateur boxing.

Aidan will answer the following questions, among others:

• OK, first HSBC. They let you trade with a $50,000 limit as an intern?! Were they crazy? What was your best and worst trade? Were they nervous about trusting you? How did you generate your ideas? Would simulated trading have been as effective in teaching you? Tell me more.
• Can you tell me about Redington? What work did you do? What were the pros and cons?
• How important was the First Class Honours in getting you interviews?
• Were the 2 Back Office internships not a disadvantage in targeting Front Office?
• How did you persuade people to hire you as an Equity Derivatives Trader?
• Can you give me 2 examples now of good Equity Derivatives trades?
• How can I best prepare for an interview in Equity Derivatives?
• What do you think you had that made RBC hire you?
• How come you decided to get into Trading in the first place?
• What exactly do you do on a daily basis in Equity Derivatives?
• What do you think a typical graduate in a typical bulge bracket bank gets paid in his first 5 years in the business in Trading? Depends on how good you are, right?!
• Who gets paid more, Traders or Salespeople?
• Where do professionals move on to after Equity Derivatives Trading? When can you try to start your own Hedge Fund?!
• Do you ever get involved in recruiting? What makes you select a particular CV/Resume for interview? What gets a person the job offer after the interview?
• How come the risky sports, rugby, boxing, sky-diving?! Is your employer cool with you doing this stuff?!

Equity Capital Markets in London and New York!
Co-hosted by Dan H, ECM Analyst at top 10 Investment Bank

Dan is currently an Analyst at a top 10 Investment Banks in New York, working in Equity Capital Markets. Dan graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2009 with a degree in economics. Prior to this, he completing a year long exchange program at the London School of Economics, where he studied economic history. While in London, Dan interned for 8 months at Jefferies International in Equity Capital Markets, specialising in convertible bond origination. Prior to Jefferies, Dan interned at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in their European Equity Research division. Outside of work, Dan enjoys playing golf and travelling.

Dan will answer the following questions, among others:

• How does a firm like Jeffries get Equity Capital Markets deals when it's having to compete with the big banks like Goldman?
• What exactly does an analyst do in Equity Capital Markets?
• London or New York?! Cool that you have done both. Which city do you prefer and why?
• Are there any difference in working culture between London and New York?
• Can you give me an example of 2 deals you worked on (without confidential details of course) and explain what your role was within each deal?
• How can I best prepare for an interview in Equity Capital Markets?
• What do you think you had that made Macquarie and, before that, Jefferies hire you?
• How come you decided to get into ECM?
• How can I get up to speed technically on ECM?
• What exactly do you do on a daily basis in ECM?
• What do you think a typical graduate in a typical bulge bracket bank gets paid in his first 5 years in the business in ECM?
• Who gets paid more, ECM or DCM?
• Where do professionals move on to after ECM? Private Equity?
• Do you ever get involved in recruiting? What makes you select a particular CV/Resume for interview? What gets a person the job offer after the interview?

Equity & Credit Derivatives Operations - the first 5 years
Co-hosted by Kunal T, Operations Associate at top 2 Investment Bank

Kunal graduated from University of Westminster in July 2005 with a degree in Business Studies. He interned with HSBC whilst at university and after securing four offers from top investment banks, joined a top 2 Investment Bank in Equity Derivative Operations and is now managing a team in Credit Derivative Operations.

Kunal will answer the following questions, among others:

• What is Operations?
• I understand Operations is about clearing and settling securities, but can you give me the 2-minute version so I have a better understanding?
• What exactly is Clearing? What is Settlement?
• Why is risk management important in Operations?
• What does STP Mean and how does it impact Operations?
• Is there a risk that Operations people lose jobs because of outsourcing to India, the Philippines, or even Bournemouth (JP Morgan) or Birmingham (Deutsche bank)?!
• There is a lot in the press about Credit Derivatives – what is a CDS and why is it looked upon so negatively?
• What are the working hours like? What were the longest hours you ever worked in a week?
• How can someone that doesn't know much about Operations find out if it's the right role for them?
• I don't have X UCAS points – can I still get hired?
• Where does a career in Operations take you?
• Which other people in the bank do you interact with?
• How does Operations differ from Finance?
• Can you tell me what you like about the job?
• Can you tell me some things you don't like?
• What total compensation for the first 5 years would you expect for the standard entry-level grad from a good university with a 2.1 degree at a typical bulge bracket bank?
• Does anyone become Managing Director or Vice President in Operations?
• Why have you been successful so far?
• Do you ever get involved with recruiting? If so, what makes you decide to select someone for interview, and what 3 things are most likely to get them through the interview?
• Are there any professional trade body or industry groups for Operations?
• Do Operations professionals ever trade up to Front Office?

Cold Calling your way to Prime Brokerage at Lehman & Credit Suisse!
Co-hosted by Dean Z, Ex-Lehman, Ex-Credit Suisse Prime Brokerage

Dean joined Credit Suisse Prime Brokerage in July 2005. He had work experience with Lehman Brothers Prime Brokerage and Beauchamp (Technology provider for Hedge Funds), and also worked as a sales consultant for 2 years during his study at Warwick University for one of the biggest direct selling company in Europe. He specialises in cold call coaching and Sales – he initiated relationships with over 100 professionals across the top 15 investment banks and convinced 9 investment banks to see him before the interviews. He was also a junior national champion in swimming in China.

Dean will answer the following questions, among others:

• When you came to the UK, I assume you spoke little English. How did you get so confident in English when you first arrived?
How many senior professionals have you cold called as part of your job search?
• What was your Sales Pitch? Would it work now?
• How did you deal with unfriendly people?
• How did you move from the initial cold call to meetings and eventual interviews?
• If my spoken English isn't that good, how do I fix the problem as fast as possible?
• Is it realistic for Chinese students to target Sales careers in Investment Banks?
• What exactly did you do at Credit Suisse Prime Brokerage? Can you explain how the desk worked and all the different parts of PB?
• How do you prepare for a Prime Brokerage interview?
• Assuming a typical entry-level person who goes straight into Prime Brokerage, what would he or she expect to get paid in the first 5 years at a bulge bracket bank?
• How attractive is a career in Prime Brokerage compared to say Fixed Income or Equities Sales?
• You have lots of professional relationships now that you started by cold calling. What's the secret to building the relationship to the point where you are friends?
• On a personal note, can you tell me about the early years at school when you were training to be a great swimmer? The system in China is tougher than here, right?
• What characteristics do you think you have that make you a great cold-caller?

Why consider a career in Operations?
Co-hosted by Wen G, Operations Analyst at top 2 ranked Investment Bank

Wen is currently working in the Operations Division at a top 2 Ranked Investment Bank, which he joined in October 2007. He graduated with a BSc Economics degree from Royal Holloway University of London. Previous work experiences include interning at HSBC Operations. He was then offered jobs in Operations in five different investment banks, including the #1, #2, #5, #7 and #8 ranked Investment Banks.

Wen will answer the following questions, among others:

• I understand Operations is about clearing and settling securities, but can you give me the 2-minute version so I have a better understanding?
• What exactly is Clearing? What is Settlement?
• Is there a risk that Operations people lose jobs because of outsourcing to India, the Philippines, or even Bournemouth (JP Morgan) pr Birmingham (Deutsche Bank)?!
• What are the working hours like? What were the longest hours you ever worked in a week?
• What areas are there within Operations?
• What exactly do you do on a daily basis?
• How can I best prepare for an interview in Operations?
• What special things do you think you had or did that got you hired?
• Why did you choose to get into Operations and not something else? What other business areas did you consider?
• What do you think a typical graduate in a typical bulge bracket bank gets paid in his first 5 years in Operations? Depends on how good you are, right?!
• Where do professionals move on to after Operations?
• Do you ever get involved in recruiting? What makes you select a particular CV/Resume for interview? What gets a person the job offer after the interview?
• Which other people in the bank do you interact with?
• Can you tell me what you like about the job?
• Can you tell me some things you don't like?
• Does anyone become Managing Director or Vice President in Operations?
• Why have you been successful so far?
• Are there any professional trade body or industry groups for Operations?
• Do Operations professionals ever trade up to Front Office?
• You collected multiple offers to work in Operations. How many offers? What is your secret?!
• I understand Operations is about clearing and settling securities, but can you give me the 2-minute version so I have a better understanding?
• Do you ever get involved with recruiting? If so, what makes you decide to select someone for interview, and what 3 things are most likely to get them through the interview?

Ex-McKinsey Analyst – Getting Hired and Thriving in Strategic Consulting
Co-hosted by Andrew B, ex McKinsey

Andrew is the founder and CEO of Trusted Guests where he helps vacation home owners rent their empty nights to trustworthy guests. He is also a senior researcher and instructor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. His team's research on neurology of strategy and ethics has been published in the Harvard Business Review and Financial Times.

Previously Andrew worked with airlines and hotels as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. with the firm's Travel Practice specializing in maximizing the utility of assets through revenue management and operational efficiency. He was also a pricing and marketing analyst for Sentient Jet Membership, the private jet membership club. Andrew holds board positions at Our Upgrade and My Health Win and has an MBA from the London Business School and BBA from Emory University.
Andrew will answer the following questions, among others:

• When I got hired by McKinsey, it changed my life forever. They say McKinsey is one of the hardest organisations in the work to get hired by. How tough did you find it?
• What was the training like? Do you think it was better or worse than an investment bank?
• You get more respect and love at a consulting firm, right? Is it true that the people are nicer, the work life balance is better, and the work more intellectually challenging?
• What exactly do you do on a daily basis in Consulting?
• How can I best prepare for an interview in Consulting?
• What special things do you think you had or did that got you hired?
• Why did you choose to get into Consulting and not something else? What other business areas did you consider?
• What do you think a typical graduate in a typical top 5 Consulting firm gets paid in his first 5 years in the business? Depends on how good you are, right?!
• Where do professionals move on to after Consulting?
• Do you ever get involved in recruiting? What makes you select a particular CV/Resume for interview? What gets a person the job offer after the interview?
• Can I ask you about Trusted Guests?! We all want to be an entrepreneur eventually, and now you have done it. Big move, right? Can you tell us about the journey so far? Vacation Rentals By Owner is the gorilla, isn't it?
• How tough was it to leave McKinsey, and was the MBA from London Business School worthwhile?
• A perceived problem with the big consulting firms is that only 1 in 15 people survive to partner BUT unlike the banks, you can't just move to a competitor - so you end up in industry which isn't were you planned to be. What's your perspective on that?
• How difficult is it to stand out in such a company where all your colleagues are so incredibly smart?!

 

 

 

 

 

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