Background: I graduated from a non-target in 2016 (3.4 GPA, club leaderships, 3 non-relevant financial analyst internships) and did 1 year of FP&A at a small manufacturing firm. I eventually networked my way into a top F100 FLDP program last year for class of 2017-2019. I am currently finishing up my second rotation in FP&A (previous rotation in Audit) and I am set to graduate from the program in August 2019.
I honestly hate Corporate Finance and want to move to IB. I initially transferred from a local firm to F100 only because the brand name and salary (~+25K) was too good to pass and as a non-target, I thought, the brand would look amazing on my resume. I recently spoke with a few of my friends who went to semi-targets and learned about banking. I learned more about banking by reaching out to random analyst at BBs and MMs as well to those too who have transitioned from IB to PE. I am highly interested and was wondering if any of you can guide me on how I can transition from my current state to IB either via quitting the program or after finishing the program.
I am working 45-50 hrs per week but put in 70-75 during month/quarter end. I have 2 side hustles so rakes in 6K after tax on monthly basis. I was also promoted based on performance 3 months into the program. (if that matters)
I am absolutely fine starting at the bottom as a first-year analyst. I also cannot afford to do an MBA or MS (personal reasons). I have also looked into Corp Dev roles at my firm but neither the transition is possible (only hire BB Bankers) nor am I interested. I like the transactional nature of banking and see myself in banking for the long term. I think I need to start networking from now for Analyst class starting in Summer 2019 since the recruiting will start late summer.
Any advice would be super helpful. Thanks