Customer Reviews: The Fast Track: The Insider's Guide to Winning Jobs in Management Consulting, Investment Banking, & Securities Trading
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on October 11, 2002
Fast Track is a well written book about jobs in consulting and investing. It is written by a woman who has been both a consultant and an investment banker. The book is full of valuable information regarding interviews, cover letters, resumes, and basics of the jobs. But DO NOT use this book by itself.
First of all, the directory in the back of the book is full of time sensitive information. It is also recommended in the book that you go to the company's web site before you send off an application. If you are interested in consulting, get books specifically written about case questions. If you are interested in investment banking, make sure you have a strong background it what exactly investment bankers do, because the book doesn't really give you a good idea.
A few more points:
Although the book is written by a female minority, the book has nothing about minority hiring programs. If you fit the bill, it would be worth your while to investigate that.
The book is specifically written for those who have 4.0 GPA's at UPenn, Harvard and Stanford. It devotes a little time to the "non-targeted," but it's pretty clear that if you don't have the grades, and you don't go to the right school, then you don't have a chance. Talk to your career counselor about grads from your school that may have made it in the field you're interested in.
The book is trying to entice you into becoming an investment banker or consultant. Although it tries to be unbiased, it is clear that it doesn't provide the big picture. Read books like "Liar's Poker" and "Monkey Business" if you want an honest look into the professions. Your best bet, however, is to find someone who is in your field of interest, and interrogate them. Only then can you get the full picture.
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on March 21, 2005
Naficy's work is helpful for building a general understanding of these industries, the attributes sought in potential hires, and how to demonstrate these attributes.

Those serious about fast track careers should supplement their reading. This book was published in 1997 and is sorely in need of an update. To address your coverletters to Andersen Consulting would be a serious blooper (they are now Accenture). Although expensive, WetFeet and Vault publish some phenomenal in-depth reports that are more candid and current.
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on May 14, 2001
The book covers many intricate details about banking and consulting. It also has some sample resumes that focus towards the banking and consulting field specifically. However check the company information online. Many companies have merged and their contact informations have changed since this book was originally published. I was more interested in the I-Banking chapters. I was not thoroughly impressed. It still left a lot of confusion as to what exactly an I-Bank does. For that i would highly recommend career guide to I-Banking.
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on November 3, 1998
Things I liked about the book: 1) Gives a good feel for exactly what Management Consultants and I. Bankers do. 2) Interviews provide good insight into corporate cultures. 3) Clear explanation of what recruiters are looking for. Where it could use improvement: 1) More and longer summaries of companies. 2) I wish it also covered IT positions in Investment Banks. Summary: A great introduction to I.B. and M.C. jobs. Superb place to start a job search.
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on December 11, 2015
Good book - for those graduating university or interested in a career as a Management Consultant - this book contains relevant advice to help you launch with a solid understanding as to what to expect. Recommend.
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on July 14, 1998
As an undergraduate in the Midwest, it is difficult to find information on investment banking and management consulting careers. This book broadly outlines major concepts in each field and exposes the reader to companies that he may never have heard of. The Fast Track did not give me any more information than I could have received from searching on the internet. The high point was definitely the interviews. If it was not for that, this book would have been extremely boring and only be a time saver in case I was too lazy to do the research myself.
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on January 23, 1998
I am an undergradute who is currently an intern at an investment bank. I found the lifestyle discussed for bankers as relatively accurate. I am deciding between investment banking and management consulting after I graduate. The book is certanly informative and helps to answer many questions!
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on December 20, 1999
Very easy reading, informative. Good overview of the industries. Some information is outdated, especially with the many merges in the industry, but still applicable.
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on October 23, 1998
I thought this guide was a very good supplement to the VaultReports guides I read on Management Consulting and Investment Banking, plus other guides. Still recommend doing even more research beyond just this book, like visiting companies' Web sites and reading other books.
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on December 13, 1998
Fast Track really helped me understand what Management Consulting and Investment Banking were all about. It really helped me score a job in Consulting with a top strategy firm. If your thinking about doing M.C., you should use this book with a case studies book...
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