I am Ming

An Associate
@ Investment Bank

Ming / PhD Student / The A-to-Z Program – 8 Interviews and 5 Job Offers. See how it works.

In My Words

Finding My Direction

My family moved to Canada when I was 17, and I attended Rochester Univerrsity in New York to study engineering. This turned into a 8-year journey, as I transferred schools, switched majors, and ended up with my pursuing a PhD in Operations Research at New York University. Then last year, I looked back and knew that I really did not like research at all! So I took a vacation back home in Toronto, and by the time I returned to New York, I realized that I made a mistake that cost 4 years of my life. This is when I tried to apply for jobs – and failed, miserably. I had no idea how the working world functioned, and I felt like a freshman again. One night, I attended a seminar by Shoo-In, and during the presentation, I had my “Oh my god” moment: “I shouldn’t have to deal with this with my experience. I need to take care of this before any other opportunity passes me.” So I began working with Shoo-In.

About Me

Scientist & Researcher

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Matt, John & Me

Before I started, I was definitely not a happy person – looking back, I can’t believe that was me 6 months ago. I owe my success to Matt and John in getting me into the world of financial engineering.

Preparation

After 8 years of school, I finally realized that I need help from industry professionals before making my next move.

Directions

I knew I wanted to do finance, but I wasn't sure which specific function to pursue. Matt helped me to understand my options.

Goal-Setting

The personalized plan provided a structured approach to job search. This gave me a clear direction to focus my energy.

The Power of Resolve

This is the first time I devoted time, energy, and resources to finding a job. And I loved every second of it.

Work Experience

The “Uh-oh” Moment / Week #1

I started with the resume + cover letter reviews, because I didn’t think I needed to prepare for technical interviews or how to talk to people. I had been active in Operations Research and felt very comfortable with it. I was completely wrong and Matt kindly showed me the mistakes I made. This opened my eyes.

Epiphany / Week #2-3

John made sure that I was ready for all the behaviorial questions before approaching potential employers. His point that “fit” is more important than technical skills was spot-on (I only realized this later on). And I slowly learned the ways to network and how to position my story, to best highlight my strengths.

Neutralize Weaknesses / Week #4-6

Then I focused on getting all the financial questions down. I was very comfortable with detailed financial engineering, but not so much basic questions. John helped me to prepare for questions like walking through the financial statements, building models, and ways to analyze an investment opportunity.

Failing to Success / Week #6-10

Having spent 4 years pursuing something that I didn’t enjoy was really tough, especially when those around you are succeeding in their fields. But I am thankful to have met the Shoo-In staff and with help from Matt and John, I am much stronger now. And the failures that I have experienced along the way were valuable lessons for me.

The Last Push / Week #11-13

By this time, I had a realization about the financial industry: if you want to break into the ultra-competitive fields of finance, you NEED to be polished. This means not only technical skills, but also “soft” skills. The countless mentions of this during my sessions finally drilled this idea into my head.

All is Well / Week #14

I’ve learned that throughout different phases in your life, you have to step outside of your comfort zone – that’s the only way you grow. That’s how it was when I first moved to the US and that applies to my job search journey as well. This has paid off. I landed 5 job offers from top investment banks & hedge funds.

My Reflection

«At the end of the day, all those sessions and hardwork behind the scenes paid off. Within 6 months, I had completely changed my career.»

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