As I was finally finishing up this two-year
project, I thought that with this section I could really shed some light on what it was
like to be on Wall Street. While this web site contains every shred of information I
could come up with for getting an investment banking analyst position, I realized that
rather than extending this web site into a memoir of my investment banking experiences,
you would be far better served by reading one book in particular. The book is called
Monkey Business by John Rolfe and Peter Troob.
I debated for a while as to whether or not I
should include a reference to this book. As I read it, I felt like I was reading my
own memoirs. It's truly amazing how similar the Wall Street experience is for
everyone who does it. Therefore, it wasn't lack of accuracy that made me think twice
about the book but, ironically, rather it's "bare it all" approach. Wall
Street banking is tough and brutal - the book doesn't disguise this fact. Even so, I
decided that the mental preparation offered by this book outweighed the danger of scaring
you away from pursuing your dream.
When you finish reading the book, you may
wonder why anyone would want to be an investment banker. Some people like it a lot,
others tolerate it, and others leave it. Regardless of how you'll ultimately feel
about investment banking, you'll agree that you're better off because of the experience.
Even Troob and Rolfe admitted that looking back, they're glad they did it.