Jefferies

 
Chelsea Dunlap
Associate,
Investment Banking - Healthcare

New York

There is really no such thing as a typical day when you work as an Investment Banking Analyst or Associate.

On most days when I am working in New York, I begin reading emails while I am on the subway. I often have emails from clients and senior bankers that involve multiple projects. These morning emails usually create a framework for my day in the office; however, as the day develops each project will present additional meetings, due dates and expectations, so it is always important to remain updated on my schedule and each of my deals.

Each day in investment banking is interesting, challenging and diverse. Throughout the day, I may work on a number of projects, attend client meetings, structure financial models or build pitch books. However, the most rewarding part of working as a Jefferies junior banker is the significant amount of responsibility we are given in interacting with clients. Jefferies is known for its lean deal teams, allowing even the most junior deal team members to be client-facing. This client interaction is not often an experience that junior bankers have across the street. In my two years at Jefferies, I have traveled with clients to management presentations, on roadshows and to diligence meetings. This type of interaction really allows analysts to get a first-hand view as to how our clients operate.

Because Jefferies gives investment banking analysts and associates a significant amount of responsibility on each project, one of the most important skills to develop is the ability to communicate well with all members of a deal team. Additionally, analysts are often assigned to multiple projects (and deal teams), each of which require significant amounts of attention and time. This makes it critical to communicate frequently with each person you work with to effectively to manage the workload and team expectations.

I am very happy that I joined the Jefferies Healthcare team and I enjoy that each day, both in and out of the office, is different. I wanted an investment banking environment that was challenging and where I could gain significant financial experience as quickly as possible. Jefferies has proven to be a supportive team environment where analysts are able to learn the business while making a substantial contribution each day.