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What was the Best Part of Working at a Bay Street Investment Bank

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Recently I have written a few stories that talk about the difficulties and stress of working in an Investment Bank. Working in an investment bank was also one of the greatest experiences of my life. I decided this morning to throw back to an article I wrote back in November called “What is the Best Part of Working in an Investment Bank” to give another perspective.

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When I give a presentation or meet someone, there is a recurring question that I often get. “What was the best part of working at BMO?” My answer usually is that you get the opportunity to work on really interesting projects and you develop an invaluable set of skills.

More often than not, my answer  seems to disappoint. I think most people expect me to play into the stereotypes of banking and say that it’s the money or the lifestyle or something similar to a scene they remember from the Wolf of Wall Street.

Their recurring disappointment led me to reconsider my answer, but I’m afraid my new answer might not be any better.

The best part of working at BMO Capital Markets was the people.

What was so amazing about the majority of the people was how smart and hardworking they are. It is not often in your life you get to be surrounded by so many extremely smart and driven people. Even the people that were not my favourite, I respected because of how hard they worked.

Having the opportunity to be surrounded by so many over achievers is an incredible experience. Most capital Market professionals are not “normal” people. Most of them barely sleep, they are great with people, they can handle insane amounts of stress, manage ten things at once and still preform at a top level. Once they stop performing they get fired.

Getting to observe this environment and watch the top performers operate is amazing. It is not surprising these people are successful. If you were to take a lot of the top performers from the bank and put them into a different role at another company in a different industry they would still probably kick ass. Why?Because these people are willing to learn, outplan, outwork others and do whatever it takes to win.

Simply the best thing at BMO was being surrounded by so many extraordinary people and getting to learn how much hard work, planning and continuous stress it requires to be successful.


Writer: Josh Emberson is a new hub dedicated to building capital markets professionals in Canada. Through class-based workshops, both in-person and online, as well as 1-on-1 personalized coaching, BreakingBayStreet is helping Canada’s next generation of investment bankers, traders and other capital markets professionals navigate the recruitment process with ease.

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