Target, 2.8 GPA, Econ major, no internships, about to be a senior. Needing advice.


I am in a T20 school in the US that is not an Ivy League. Depending on the rankings, it's sometimes at T15 or T10. I am an international student needing sponsorship - but that doesn't matter at this point because if I manage to stay in the country for 3 years - I have STEM OPT - I may apply for an MBA in the future and extend things further.

In my first year - I was a CS major and my GPA was 2.45 - I then switched to Econ/finance but didn't manage to get it up much (went through a very rough mental health journey). I am not good at networking - very introverted/shy. I have applied to IB and consulting internships and managed to get a single interview out of the many firms I applied to. I bombed that interview. I did network too, but it was just a resume/algorithm cut - nothing anyone could do. I also got a few Wealth/Asset Management interviews (for internships) but after multiple rounds that went well they ghosted me. I'm guessing they realized my sponsorship situation - or something else I don't know.

I'm now sitting at a 2.8 GPA (Major 3.1), no internships, and about to be a senior. I am pretty much unemployable and do not have any money for a Master's (I have a full-ride, need-based). I am planning to take the GMAT in the upcoming semester but idk how much that can help. At this point, I don't even know what to apply to. Big 4? I've heard they also care about GPA. AWM? On it, applying to many firms. IB/PE/HF? Gave it up, no point in even reaching out to people, too embarrassing at this situation. I am also applying to any entry level Financial Analyst or Business Analyst position I see. What else can I do? I don't know much about other sectors, everyone at my school is doing IB or PE or something super flashy and prestigious. Everything I see on my school's job posting website requires a 3.0 GPA at the very minimum and/or requires unrestricted work authorization. I am hopeless and lack direction. Hoping to hear some advice. Thanks for reading this far. Keep in mind I'm open to any sector but the job description needs to be related to Econ / Management / Finance due to US laws.

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