Please help, no network & no job in London!
Been lurking around WSO for some weeks now but this is my first post; sorry it’s a tad long. I’ve recently moved from Australia to London in an attempt to gain some international experience and take advantage of the opportunities the city can offer in comparison to my home town!
I graduated from a top Australian University in 2011 (which I now know doesn’t mean jack-shit over here) with a Commerce and International Studies double degree and a 2:1 equivalent, I also passed level 1 of the CFA in June. I started working at a PWM/Stockbroking firm part time in my last semester of Uni which then moved to FT once I finished. I was in a middle office function with some exposure to research; this is what kept me looking for other roles as the research exposure was expected to increase. Needless to say a restructuring of the research team and movement away from my town left me high and dry! That’s when I decide to take a chance and make the move.
I knew it wouldn't be smooth sailing however 3 months in and I’m stil jobless and starting to get slightly concerned! Ideally I’m keen to get into ER however given my lack of experience and the current environment my plan was to try to secure a buy side ops role and hopefully in time try to sneak into a research role. Realistically I need to lock something down ASAP so I'm prepared to take anything; as such I’ve been applying for everything I can.
I’ve signed up and had numerous interviews with recruiters who have got me 2 interviews and a phone interview. I crashed and burnt in the phone interview but I thought the other 2 went well, which obviously wasn't the case as I didn't get either position. I’ve been doing the usual cold emailing and going to CFA events, I even handed out CV’s to well-dressed middle aged men in the city in an attempt to build up my non-existent network and create a ‘lucky’ break!
So far none of these tactics have been particularly successful so I was just wondering if anybody on here has been in a similar situation and can offer any advice? Or if there are any Londoners on here who have some advice on how I might go about getting my foot in the door in the city?