This week was so quiet for so long, and then it all blew up. It began as the last ended, with a few early finishes and quiet days. When you don’t have any work to do, the onus is on you to go around the team to see if there’s any that you can get involved in. At first, nobody gives you anything – they just take note of the fact you’re available and keep you in mind. [...]
Getting an internship at Goldman Sachs is no easy task. This year, roughly 17,000 people applied for its investment banking summer internship program, according to Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn. Just 350 interns were hired. So what’s the key to finding the golden ticket? You’ve got to be really smart, that much is obvious. But […]
This week I’m definitely beginning to feel more settled at the bank and in my team. The day-to-day work routine is kind of starting to lose its gloss; no longer is each day a surprise but days are starting to blur. As well as the occasional monotony of the work, this is also due in part to the hours I’m working – when your free time becomes entirely synonymous with sleep I find that there’s little to differentiate days.
We’re in the heart of intern season, which means thousands of bright-eyed college and graduate students are putting in the hours, setting themselves up for long distinctive careers on Wall Street. Others, meanwhile, are shooting themselves in foot, killing their chances of finding work down the road, at least at the bank in which they’re […]
Monday 9PM. Tuesday 12AM. Wednesday 3AM. Thursday 4AM. Friday 11PM. Saturday 1PM. Sunday, lots of sleep. The first thing I’ve learnt this week is that bankers really do work incredible hours. In fact, so much so that I consider myself fortunate to have had most of my weekend free!
After countless applications, telephone interviews, competency questions, strength-based interviews, group exercises, presentations, and assessment centres, I landed an internship at one of the world’s top financial services organisations.
It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’ll be spending the evening working. Working on a weekend certainly doesn’t mean I’m inefficient from Monday to Friday. Neither does it mean I’m trying to impress my boss, because he doesn’t know I’m working. It simply means that a career in the financial sector entails sacrifices. However, sleepless nights […]
Goldman Sachs likes to portray its internships as a happy time where students can acquaint themselves with the machinations of the bank, indulge in wholesome team-building activities and open the door for what will no doubt be a very satisfying career. If the first (supposedly boring) chapter of a hotly-anticipated book by whistleblower Greg Smith […]
SECRET DIARY OF A MARKETS INTERN: The internship is over. I have found out whether my strategy for getting a graduate offer worked
Unbelievably, the internship is over. It’s a strange feeling. Despite feeling like I have worked here for years, it also seems to have gone very quickly. I started the week knowing a decision had already been made. I’d finished my work and there wasn’t really anything more I could do. I maintained my daily tasks […]
Having ended last week with a mountain to climb, I had to come in on Sunday to finish my project. I came in around 3pm, hoping it would only take an hour or so, but ended up staying until gone 9pm because every time I thought it was finished something else went wrong. Interestingly, around […]