After graduating about an year back, finally I made it into IBD. It is just a boutique in my native country (think BRICS), but I pulled it off just by pure cold calling and networking. My story isn't as inspirational as many have shared here, but just to summarise it: Keep on going ahead, even if you can't see light at the end!
Now I know the true potential of cold emailing and networking I would like to continue this. I am not hanging my boots just because I have made it to IBD. It is a cruel industry and I need to have my contacts if and when the situation goes belly up. Given my hours I am not aiming high at all. I just want to connect to only ONE person in a week AND that too outside my country: like US, Europe.
I know many people will say it is nearly impossible to network your way in when you are not in your target country. Heck, I have deleted the word impossible from my dictionary after reading the success stories on WSO. I just have a belief that I will make it.
My target industries are: IB, PE and HF and in Europe and USA. Any suggestions on how to go ahead being an outsider (who will need visa sponsorship in the target countries)