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Investment Banker

Career description:

Investment bankers raise funds for corporations and government agencies by structuring the issuance of securities such as stocks and bonds. They also advise corporations that are contemplating mergers and acquisitions. Careers in investment banking require strong quantitative abilities combined with excellent sales skills, a willingness to work hard, excellent people skills, and a competitive nature.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Assist companies, organizations, and other entities in raising public or private funds through equity or debt offerings
  • Build detailed financial models to analyze and support Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions and Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) work
  • Perform business valuation analyses by using transaction comps, discounted cash flow, and leveraged buyout methods
  • Conduct company and industry research to prospect for clients and bring in new business
  • Participate in and manage all stages of a transaction, from the opening pitch to the closing investment contract

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