Well I have never posted on here, I have only observed many of the conversations that go on. I have seen some decent success stories on here but none that I feel I can directly relate to. I just recently graduated from a NON-target school in the midwest and am struggling to even get response e-mails from applications. The issue I am having is that no one knows where the hell I went to school other than the very very small shops in the area. Those very small shops are all filled up and have very little turnover. I am friends with a lot of the local CFA charterholders and they say I have to leave to get experience but it just isn't that easy.
So my qualifications...
Bachelors in Finance and Economics
two internships: one at a big time wealth management shop ( think Merrill Lynch or UBS) and another as an analyst for a smaller bank that is preparing to launch an alternative ETF. I competed in the CFA Institute Research Challenge and won the local competition. Also I just sat for Level 1 of the CFA. I have had one interview with a small shop and was not offered. I am at a loss of what to do because big shops probably laugh at where I went to school and there is no chance anywhere local. I want to get into portfolio management but I don't know what to do.
Any thoughts? Thanks in Advance.