Category Archives: Investment Banking

Ida Liu

Such a fantastic read with many thought provoking views and anecdotes:

My father really is an inspiration to me. He instilled in me from a very young age a work ethic and the ability to work really hard, not give up. I saw him start a business and the can-do attitude and work ethic were instilled in me at a very young age, and still inspire me everyday.

I thought the same way that she did when I was looking at job opportunities in the last few years of university.

At the time, I thought that it would be easier for me to go into investment banking and then into fashion rather than the other way around.

An amazing role to kick-start her foray into the fashion world.

Within four months, she went from running one struggling department to running all of the European designer collections – Chanel, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent – on the second floor of Bergdorf Goodman.

Finally, some very useful advice:

She tells women to “be gutsy.” She explains, “You don’t want to be your own obstacle. You want to take on challenges and continue to challenge yourself. If you don’t ask, you’re not going to get.”

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/11/19/voe-ida-liu-head-of-the-fashion-retail-and-consumer-group-citi-private-bank/

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Loneliness

At 9:04 on a Friday night, I experienced a dawning realisation of loneliness.

It was the Friday before I was due to start work and I was on my way back to my new room. A train had just left and there were sixteen minutes until the next one would arrive.

Under the harsh bright lights of the station, I was suddenly struck  by how lonely my shadow seemed. I wanted to call someone but I realised that there was no one that I could pick up the phone and speak with, and to tell them how lonely I was feeling.

Sure, there were text messages waiting to be opened and responded to, but I wasn’t in the mood for flirtatious banter or witty sarcasm. I went on Facebook and there were a series of messages to respond to, as well as new conversations which popped up. That kept me occupied for a while but the feelings of loneliness did not diminish.

The loneliness was subdued and tolerable. It wasn’t painful and it didn’t cause anguish. The profoundness of my thoughts was primarily derived from cognitively recognising that those feelings of loneliness existed.

I wanted to talk to someone about it. But I had just had dinner with Number One and our conversations have become superfluous at best. As for The Captain, he was in a different country and in a different timezone so he wasn’t exactly an option. The person that I would have wanted to talk about it with was Buff Guy but I couldn’t. He was upset at me for various misdeeds, which included, letting us become the way we were.

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Everything needs to be done RIGHT AWAY. And sometimes, even IMMEDIATELY isn’t fast enough.

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You did what you had to do to get where you are. You yelled. You stomped. You cursed. You hung up the phone. You got ahead. You did it. You are someone. YOU ARE SOMEONE.

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The Goldman Sachs

http://blogs.vault.com/blog/workplace-issues/goldman-jpmorgan-or-blackstone-which-is-most-prestigious?&utm_source=WCU_Letter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=05_23_2012&referer_ID=7778

It will be interesting to see the results of this survey. For more than a decade, since we’ve been rankings investment banks, Goldman has always ranked No. 1 in terms of prestige.

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Life after IB

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-investment-banking

This piece has some great oneliners:

‘I personally did not find the work interesting, and that placed me in the 95% majority. Your not golfing with CEOs, talking about strategy, then driving your lambo home at 3.30pm to have sex with your hot girlfriend.’

‘Even though I got paid well, I wasn’t going out buying a different coloured helicopters every weekend, rolling in designer threads, splashing £30k on a night out and holidaying every other week in some exotic location whenever I can be bothered to charter my private jet.’

Damn it, I just want different colored Birkin bags every year.

Although, different colored loafers for every day of the week would be nice.

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