I am graduating college and moving to NYC in May '11, where I want to eventually work in Finance.
I have a pretty good resume(4.0, Started my own business, interned at a market maker, professional poker experience, C++ experience), but it is from a crappy school. I feel this is going to be a detriment to me. Basically in High School(even though I was a Valedictorian with a 4.0), I was raking in cash playing poker. I didn't care about college and just went to one that gave me a full ride without much hassle.
Now, things are much different. I'm very dedicated to finance and have continued my perfect scores from high school. I work hard in the field, but I feel like the school might just be too big a hurdle to overcome.
Basically, I am simply wondering what my best move is. Is there a Masters program I should try to get into specifically to make it to Wall St? I know I can't do an MBA.
Is there a specific job I should be looking for? One where maybe I get experience but can prove myself to be on the same level as graduates from any other school and move on to a bigger job within a couple years?
Just wanting opinions on where I could go from here to get in a better position to really show myself to be worthy of a high-paying position that someone out of Wharton would be a shoe-in for.