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Wall Street Oasis (WSO)

An online community for finance careers

What is Wall Street Oasis (WSO)?

Wall Street Oasis (WSO) is a leading online community for aspiring professionals looking to break into investment banking, private equity, asset management, and other corporate finance careers.

WSO operates an online forum where users can create new topic threads, build personal profiles, and comment on existing discussions.

The Wall Street Oasis platform boasts over 400,000 members according to their website (2017).

Link to WSO -> https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/


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How is the Wall Street Oasis (WSO) website organized?

The WSO site is organized into three main categories:

  • Interview prep – guides to preparing for interviews on Wall Street
  • Career boost – tools and training for technical skills required in corporate finance, such as financial modeling and business valuation
  • Forums – discussion threads and comments on a wide of topics including finance, career, and lifestyle topics
  • Monkey theme – the forum uses a monkey theme where members can earn “banana points” and work their way up the monkey ladder by improving their user status (i.e. chimp, monkey, baboon, etc.)


What topics do Wall Street Oasis (WSO) forums cover?

The WSO forms cover a broad range of Wall Street and corporate finance topics.

A selection of some of some of the topics discussed on Wall Street Oasis include:

  • Compensation – how much money professionals are earning at different banks and firms
  • Campus recruiting – students share experience about the recruitment processes at their schools and offer tips
  • Fashion – how to dress for a career on Wall Street
  • Humor – jokes, funny antidotes, and other off-topic discussions
  • Financial modeling – people asking questions, sharing experiences, and collaborating to discuss a wide range of topics


How can WSO help your career?

Joining an online community can be a great way to network, learn more about the industry, and hear about other people’s first-hand experiences.

Being well prepared is just as important as being smart when it comes to Wall Street recruitment.  There is a very formulaic way that banks and institutions hire new analysts and associates.  By learning what the process is like and making sure you have all the bases covered you will have already won half the battle.

A place like the Wall Street Oasis forum can help you learn from shared experiences.  If you have a question you’re wondering about, it’s more than likely already been asked by someone else, and you can find the answer on WSO.

Another reason to join the community is to share your own knowledge.  If you have some first-hand experiences it can be very rewarding to share those with other aspiring professionals looking for help.


More resources for a career on Wall Street

At CFI, we are on a mission to help you advance your career.  Through our learning and development partner, MDA Training, we offer a wide range of courses from beginner to advanced corporate finance topics.

MDA Training has been providing new hire training to analysts and associates at global investment banks for over 20 years!

Some of the most popular courses we offer include:

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