APP Student Goes From $0 to $100k+ Salary; Career Path to Investment Banking

Michael Zeng

From International student to Investment Banking


Michael Zeng enrolled in our 2017 program during his junior year at New York University. He was a Math major pursuing a career in finance within the investment banking space. He was an international student who wanted a career in finance. Like many of our students, he had no professional skills or relevant finance experience.

The Results

  • Michael received a full-time investment banking offer in Hong Kong with Moelis & Company


Breaking into finance as an international student is a challenge that many college students face. Most firms do not provide work visas or sponsorship. Michael also had no technical skills or relevant internship experience. Understanding this, Michael researched professional career programs and found the Romero Mentoring Analyst Prep program. The program would give him the professional skills and relevant experience employers are looking for. Michael took the opportunity to apply to the APP program to bridge the gap in his technical skills and become a better financial professional.

The Process

Michael completed our structured 196-hour training, mentoring, internship, and career development program.

1) He received essential training in Excel and PowerPoint and gained a solid foundational base in accounting, valuation, and financial modeling that ultimately set him up for success.

2) We also taught Michael our time-tested investment strategies rooted in fundamental analysis, to help build his investment analysis skill.

3) We also provided Michael with career training and an internship, where was given a high level of responsibilities to prepare him for his future professional pursuits. For example, in a Domino’s Pizza stock analysis case, he prepared a three-statement model, a full-fledged valuation (including DCF and comparables), and an investment pitch slide deck detailing his analysis.

Michael gained the same on-the-job skills that professionals take years to develop, giving him a tremendous competitive advantage in the field.

Michael is now on the career express lane.

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