Recent graduate with no offers - Now what?
In a nutshell, I recently finished my masters from a major target in the UK. I tried really hard for recruiting this year and had a few BB interviews but the markets being the way they are in London, wasn't lucky enough to land a job. Needless to say, it's been a horrible few months for me.
So I'm wondering, now what?
I do have good credentials (competitive degree, good grades, BB internship, high GMAT score, extracurriculars ). I thrive on that kind of competitive environment and do not want to settle for an average 9-5 job. What are some of the things I can do to stay in the game? There is really nothing left with the banks since it is off-season.
To prevent having a huge gap on my resume and to somewhat beef it up, I've thought about:
1) taking a post-graduate programming certificate (Java, Matlab, C#) which may boost my competitiveness in Sales and Trading and Research. The added bonus is that I may be looked at more like a recent graduate because of the additional education.
2) I'm also thinking about doing some academic financial research for a professor
4) Take a random back-office job (I'm afraid this will actually hurt my resume)
5) cold email funds for an unpaid internship (I know this is likely the best option, but stil need something to fill up my resume until I can land one)
Out of these options, what is the best way me to position myself for full time recruiting next year? I'm not so picky anymore about the exact job function anymore , but I know I want a challenging high-pressure high-reward job: I am looking at everything from S&T, IBD, Research, ECM/DCM, IM and Consulting (MBB).
Sorry for the lengthy post- I would really appreciate any advice !