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What it takes to become a successful investment banker

Skiddy von Stade’s series of CEO interviews, hosted on, offers plenty of expert advice for young professionals, especially ones entering the finance industry. From NHL players to major CEOs, everyone who von Stade talks to has important tips for the younger generation. So, whether you’re filling out an application for investment banking jobs, considering a future in professional sports, or searching for any job in-between, make sure to check out their best advice below  – and their full interviews with von Stade – before you lock down your decision.

Impress people with your personality before your impress them with your talents
“It’s almost impossible to walk into a room and impress everyone so singularly, with analysis, insight, math, technical analysis. But you can walk into a room and impress on people that you are a good guy. That you are a normal guy, a smart guy, who can communicate complicated ideas in a simple way. That you are someone who’s focused on [the company,] not yourself.” – Tom Murphy, co-founder, Crestview

Take as many risks as possible, but only after you’ve finished your training and education
“Get the foundation. Get the basic training. Get the degree, and [work] at a good place that [has] good training programs and [gives you] a good background. But then, don’t stay! I think businesses get too big. When they get too big, they’re not as good … Life’s too short. Life’s going to be over faster than you think it is. Go out, have some fun, take some risks – but only do it once you’ve been given good basic training.” – Hartley Rogers, Chairman, Investment Committee

Find a job that you like – because you’ll be working extremely hard at it
“Understand what [your] job entails. Find a job match that you’re going to enjoy. Because any of these jobs – particularly at Goldman Sachs, or Wall Street – require a lot. They’re demanding roles. They’re demanding [in terms of] the number of hours [you work] … it better be something you like, because if you like it, you have a better chance of being good at [your job.]” – Edith Hunt, Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs

Get as specific an education as possible – and if you don’t know what you want to do, consider an MBA
“If you’re keen on being in the investment business, I think you [should consider becoming a] CFA. I think a CFA will give you more [training] directly related to the investment business. If you’re not sure – if you’re a 27-year-old or a 28-year-old – you’ve worked for a couple years, you’re not sure what you want, then I think the MBA can be valuable.” – Brian Walsh, Chairman and CIO, Saguenay Strathmore Capital

Have fun with your career, and you’ll be sure to find more success
“My leaders, when I was young, when I was fortunate enough to win, there was a passion and a fun they still had for the game … our captain was 41 years old when he retired, but he was still out there every day, having a blast. I see players where it’s not like that, and their game suffers, or they don’t have as much fun and they retire early … to be able to do this for a living, you have to savor it, and bring youthful passion to the game every day.”  – Brad Richards, New York Rangers