I recently read this interesting blog on "Building Character on Wall Street":
As much as I respect my fellow
Princetonian author Michael Lewis - on this particular topic of Wall Street as
a training ground for future success - I am siding twice
over with my New York University Business school professor, Roy Smith! As a former executive recruiter for Wall
Street ( and former investment banker ) I can attest from multiple angles to
the invaluable experience that a few years "on the Street" will provide. As can Michael Lewis, who must surely remember getting his start on Wall Street as an Analyst at Salomon Brothers :D
Wall Street - as either a
short-term or long-term career - is not right for the majority of individuals .
The work itself is very tough, the hours are grueling, the competition
internally and externally is incredibly intense, the clients and bosses are
both demanding, and the travel can be wearying (thinkrushing to London for just three hours). But then, think of the
reward - and no, I am not referring to compensation! You learn to
produce your very best possible work under extremely tight deadlines in a
charged environment that does not allow for mistakes . Period.
If anyone out there can name a business that does not value
this hard-won skill-set, please let me know…I
am anticipating the sound of silence.
And I would like to break that silence by saying that my own career path is an
almost too-perfect example of how being an investment banker for several years
was pivotal to my successin other fields that where I found myself very
fulfilled. After I became an investment banker, I realized that what had
enticed me to Wall Street was the plethora of highly intelligent professionals
in an extremely fast-paced environment. This
led to my "Aha moment” of understanding that I should be doing people deals rather
than financial deals! After all, what better
background for a Wall Street executive recruiter than Wall Street? Of course,
that has led me to where I happily find myself today.
What is the best background for a college to career advisor? The
combination of executive recruiting as well
as top notchcorporate experience!