Non-target with engineering degree... what are my options
Hey gentlemen, I'm a computer engineer graduate who's hoping to get some advice from the community. I'll try to keep it concise and to the point so here is my background:
1) I've already graduated.
(Do banks have post-bachelors/ pre-MBA internships?)
2) I graduated with a non-finance degree from a non-target university in the southwest. My university isn't even a target within the realm of engineering either, unfortunately.
3) I don't know anyone or have any connections with anyone in the finance industry. (Should I just get in touch with my alma mater career service or something?)
4) I do have a good gpa, 3.9, in what I consider a hard major.
5) I did some engineering internships at some prestigious companies within the realm of CS/ EE/ CompE - again probably doesn't mean shit with respect to getting a job in banking. (It wasn't an IT role, strictly design/engineering work)
6) I know how to program and do it as part of my daily job. I work in the realm of embedded systems for a government defense contractor so my work is/has to be very reliable (I make sure things go BOOM when and where they're suppose to). I'm not sure this is even a desired skill to have, but thought I'd name it off.
I understand I have an uphill battle, but I'm young and willing to take the risk. I'm definitely new so I may not know really what I want to do in banking, but the things appealing to me from what I've read are equities research and distressed M&A. They may not be very related but nonetheless both seem interesting. Also, it seems with my background that I may be a better fit in a quant position, which I'm open to the idea of, but doing graduate/ PhD level mathematics seems mind numbingly boring (programming I'm fine with though). So how should I break into the field and eventually get into one of the above roles? I assume that at one point I'll either have to get into a top MBA program or MFE (to be a quant), but I'm not sure at this point I could get into a top program of either with my background. Is it realistic that by reading the WSJ, finance books, and then start cold calling will get my foot in the door? Thoughts, suggestions, and even criticism are appreciated.
tl;dr: Non-target engineering graduate looking to break into banking.