Ethics

My favorite quotes and takeaways from the course, organized by theme.

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Hard Power

My favorite quotes and takeaways from the course, organized by theme.

They Expect You to Negotiate

When it’s time to talk offers (woo!), remember that they expect you to negotiate. It won’t make you look bad; in fact, what will make you look bad is not negotiating or not negotiating hard enough. Don’t be afraid to say what matters to you – a title, a certain role, working with someone in…

Be Like Lincoln, RBG, Your Uncle, and Buddha

Abraham Lincoln was able to look far past Edwin Stanton’s humiliating snub, making Stanton Secretary of War in his cabinet. Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously said that “It helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” Your favorite uncle once shrugged off an incredibly rude train ticket agent, and when you commented on it, he said, “I…

Have Your Story Ready

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Practice your story, and in particular, practice tying it into why this firm makes sense in the story arc. Be aware of how the things you say, and the questions you ask, could cast you in different lights. For example, VCs generally disdain the detailed analysis that PE firms do,…

Put Those Internet Stalking Skills to Work

Preparing for an interview is a time when you get to use your best secret skill: internet sleuthing. Find and read everything you can about the firm to get a feel for how the firm presents itself, how others in the industry view it, and what its key successes and failures have been. Use what…

Resist Inaction

Once you’ve made your list, RESIST THE URGE TO PUT OFF SENDING INTRO EMAILS. This is hugely important. You are going to want to wait, you’re going to make up excuses for why now isn’t the right time, and you’ll allow yourself to get sidetracked. To resist this urge, remind yourself of the following: It…

Finding and Approaching Targets

You’ve worked hard to put yourself in positions where you’ll develop valuable networks, and you’ve put work into making good impressions and even building friendships. Lean on those network affiliations to source leads and to approach firms tactically. Search Linkedin and alumni databases from all your past schools and employers for people who are now…

Productive Ways to Procrastinate

Looks like someone needs a break… again. At least you came here instead of mindlessly clicking through the usual news and social media sites. Try one of the distractions below to take a procrastination break with less guilt.  [Random generator coming soon] Run an errand (dry cleaning, groceries, etc) and include one small gesture of…

Agency

My favorite quotes and takeaways from the course, organized by theme.

Risk

My favorite quotes and takeaways from the course, organized by theme.