Career Path for a non-target

Background

  • Going into sophomore year at a business school in New England
  • OK GPA, can definitely grow it into high 3s
  • Accounting Major

Questions

Since high school, I always thought I was going to get into accounting, make it to the big 4, become a partner, and just grind until I retire. Now that I've matured and opened my eyes to other opportunities I am getting interested in finance, specifically investment banking and wealth management. 

  • Can I break into finance with an accounting major?
  • Can I make it into a competitive finance job (Bulge Bracket, Elite Boutique, or even Middle Market) from my University?
  • What can I do to help my resume other than my GPA?
  • Should I just stick with my Big 4 dreams?

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