In less than a month I will hit my senior year at an unknown school in Eastern Europe (I’m studying towards B.S. in Finance) and the less time I have till my graduation – the more anxious I am about my prospects. Entering and succeeding in
Some guys I’ve asked to briefly review my future resume concluded that my situation is completely hopeless. I would highly appreciate, if I could get a feedback on my profile and some pieces of advice from the broader audience of this forum.
Main items, that I am about to include in my resume one year from now, include the following:
• CFA I
• B.S. in Finance, 3.9/4 (~95th percentile, formally verifiable), Ukrainian B-School unknown outside the country
• Comp skills: advanced , Access, VBA; intermediate C#, SQL; basic experience with Bloomberg terminals
• Foreign languages: Russian, Ukrainian, intermediate German
• Irrelevant internship in Ukraine
• Enthusiasm, ability and experience working 80 hours per week, passion towards securities markets
• Immigration status: green card holder
Now I wonder if there’s any way I could improve my resume in such short period of time. At the moment I’m considering following options:
• Publishing a research paper with my professor (who is just as well-known outside Ukraine as is the university)
• Gaining more quantitative skills (data mining, Matlab)
• Starting and promoting a blog on a narrow set of topics pertaining to equity analysis to draw recruiters’/employers’ attention
• Finding a remotely relevant internship in Ukraine
• Signing up for GRE and packing bags for a Ph.D. program in a 2nd tier university in the U.S.
• Your variant
In the view of the above, I would appreciate if you answered the following questions:
1. What option would you recommend? How would you assess my chances of entering the industry if took this option?
2. What sort of employers should I focus on? Applying to firms really doesn’t make any sense?
3. Which of my skills should I emphasize? Is playing diversity/multilingualism card reasonable or, on the opposite, I would be better-off not even mentioning Russian language?
Thank you in anticipation – getting opinions from people actually working in finance is probably the most valuable knowledge I can gain at this point.