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Advice for a budding female (or male) investment banker

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

After being around the banking and investment banking business for 25 years, I have had the opportunity to mentor and work with many young people in the business. I have seen a number of young people succeed brilliantly but I have also seen many more fail. To obtain an entry level position in investment banking one has to be intelligent, aggressive, communicate well and have the ability to reduce complicated concepts to writing - that is the baseline. So why do most people fail and only a relatively few succeed when everyone starts off, apparently, at the same baseline? Part of the reason is that there is a natural weeding out process as there are a lot less senior jobs than junior jobs but ...

Colleen. Early Experiences, Milestones, Roadblocks, Obstacles and Support

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Friday, November 13, 2009

Early Experiences   I asked Colleen to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believed had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She told me she grew up on a farm and loved it.  She believes it's a healthy way to grow up because farms operate within the  context of a strong work ethic.  She says: "Everybody on a farm has to work, so whether it's haying or feeding and mucking animals, no one is let off the hook in terms of doing something and no matter what it's good, honest work. So I think that growing up on a farm is one of the early experiences that shaped me".  She says she thinks another ...

“What should I do now?”

By Vincenza Sera - Last updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The question we received was: "I just finished the interview process for Investment Banking grad recruitment at the Banks. After making it to second rounds with multiple banks, I did not get an offer. I do not have a backup plan and now all the banks have finished recruitment. What should I do now?"   Congratulations on making it to the second round with multiple banks.  This tells me you have both the resume and the interview skills to make it through some strenuous screening filters.  For next steps, I would do a few things.  First, consider expanding your horizon beyond the bank owned dealers.  There are many excellent independent firms that would provide you with great experience and whose interview and ...

How did you end up in your current position?

By Patti Croft - Last updated: Monday, October 19, 2009

Well that is an interesting question! As a little girl, I always wanted to be a veterinarian - I love dogs and cats in particular. I studied sciences at the University of Western Ontario and got an interview in front of the board at the University of Guelph vet school after my first year. I was turned down as they said I didn't have enough large animal experience. I was told to go work on a farm for the summer and try again next year. Well I am actually afraid of large animals like horses and cows so I was devastated at their response. I often joke that ultimately I went on to work on Bay Street where I did ...