Niccolo Machiavelli, Vice President at Goldman Sachs, offers some helpful career advice to this year’s male summer interns via the GSElevator blog:
1. If your boss smokes, smoke.
2. If your boss is Indian or Pakistani, learn the rules of cricket. He probably also smokes, so see #1. But be careful, if he doesnâ€™t, heâ€™s a vegetarian yogi.
3. Donâ€™t wear Hermes ties, ever. You have to earn it.
4. Buy a decent suit or 3, but no cuffed or pleated pants. And donâ€™t wear a tie unless you might have a meeting. No one likes that kind of kiss-ass.
5. Learn how to tie a double Windsor; just make sure the knotâ€™s not too fat.
6. Keep your shoes shiny, but donâ€™t let anyone see you having your shoes shined. You have to earn it.
7. If you went to a decent boarding school, subtly find out if anyone who matters went to the same school. Boom, heâ€™s your rabbi. At this point, no one cares about college credentials; itâ€™s a given.
8. As it relates to fellow interns, make no mistake about it â€“ itâ€™s war:
Letâ€™s be clear. Itâ€™s impossible to compete with female interns. And itâ€™s not cool. So donâ€™t bother trying.
When a fellow intern leaves his desk, change his screen (or screens) to rolex.com, porsche.com, or morganstanley.com.
Come up with dismissive nicknames for fellow interns (Chico, Bud Fox, Fredo, Bubba, etc.). Hope that it catches on.
When a fellow intern leaves his computer unlocked at the end of the evening, change the signature on his Email settings. Using white font, add any variety of obscene words. No one will see itâ€¦ except for IT and HR.
9. Donâ€™t be too good to do the coffee runs. It shows confidence. Just donâ€™t fuck it up. If you canâ€™t be trusted with coffee, how can you sell bonds or manage risk.
10. Call Bloomberg and have them give you a tutorial on functions. Itâ€™s free. And most EDs and above are still using functions and short cuts from 5+ years ago. Itâ€™s an easy way to impress them. And many of the Bloomberg girls are hot.
11. Leave a jacket on the back of your chair at all times. While you are at it, keep a tie in your drawer. Zegna is a good choice.
12. Ask the secretary for the travel schedules of the senior members of your group for the week ahead. Sheâ€™s dumb enough to think you are being proactive. But now you know when you can sleep in, hit the gym, or beat the traffic to Southampton.
13. Never tell racist jokes. Always repeat racist jokes in the proper company and be sure to credit â€˜the other internâ€™ who told you.
Read the whole thing, Bubba.
Hat tip to Lynn Chu.