Well to give a little background,
I graduated California State University, East Bay (state school near Oakland) with a Marketing major and a less than desirable (by IB recruiter standards) GPA (3.0, upper division, 2.7 cumulative)this past June.
In midst of this educational feat (if you can call it that) I had a job coming out of school doing product marketing for a small sci/tech licensing firm in San Francisco that I had previously interned for. However after speaking with many people, doing alot of reading and exploring different options, I have found that finance (specifically I-Banking) is what I wish to pursue. While people have given me mixed reviews, I know that it is the calling that I have been waiting for.
Now one thing that has been consistent with the people I have talked with in this field has been their education. They have gone to either highly distinguished schools or have highly distinguished GPA's or both. As you can see from above, I have neither.
What I do have is some work experience, some finance coursework and a hell of a lot of gumption & confidence. I am an extremely fast learner. I have 4 months at my current job and have already been offered a promotion to a position that many people do not achieve without a few years of experience. The job has also left me with experience in evaluating many different kinds of businesses. I have interviewed with many other companies for marketing jobs and have always been given an offer or at least gotten called back to 2nd & 3rd rounds. Needless to say interviews are not difficult for me but getting to the interview is the hard part it seems.
I have been told that I should wait to go get an MBA in finance and take the associate route but, I feel like I need to gain some experience sooner. I know that living in the SF Bay Area is good for I Banking because of the abundance of large and boutique firms. I would like to know if anyone could give me advice on how to go about attacking this and getting into the field that I want to work in.
All your answers are greatly appreciated.