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Seeking Investment Banking Mentorship


Brandon Hughes Washington, DC

Hi everyone,

I am completing my MBA this fall with Columbia Business School and am focusing on investment banking as my career track. I am seeking any mentorship from those who have been in investment banking or made the transition.

I have applied to both the large and boutique investment banks but would love to connect with someone now to better prepare myself for the interview process and help refine my value proposition as a veteran.

Happy to share a resume and chat with anyone who you may recommend. Appreciate all the support.


7 September 2020 2 replies Career Exploration



Mary M. Burns Chicago, IL

Good morning Brandon,
Great job on the MBA and your many years with the Army.

In addition to Jansen's offer above, I would encourage you to think about a few other options where you might find some valuable mentorship from the I-banking world. First, consider the Columbia MBA alums. Your school should have a database of these professionals and in all likelihood, be able to help make some introductions. I do this for my Kellogg MBA students all the time. Second, if you completed an internship in IB, you might consider someone you met during your short summer experience. Finally, I know the top MBA programs have valuable clubs (Investment Banking Club) where alums and other professionals speak and provide valuable industry guidance. Is there someone you've met during your time at Columbia -- from a the IB Club, guest speakers or even a professor who might be of help? Or who might make an intro for you to someone who can? I'm glad to chat further about this if it would be helpful, Brandon. You can reach me at

Good luck with completing your program!


Jansen Weaver Philadelphia, PA

Hi Brandon,

I spent some time in investment banking and would be happy to hop on a call to chat about my experiences and refer you to others in my network. Please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn ( to coordinate a time to chat.


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