I have just turned 23 and graduated last year from a Russell Group university in the UK with a 1st class honours in actuarial science, having also previously done a 12 month placement as an Actuary.
I only decided in my final year that I wanted to break into IB, applying to FT positions in pretty much every, but failed pretty badly due to not having any internships. I gave up on the idea and pursued the actuarial career path - I am now working in London as an Actuary since September. However, I've realised now that my heart is 100% set on IB as a career and desperately want to break in. Could anyone give me any advice on what my next move should be. My potential options are:
1) Apply for a masters in finance at a target in the UK - (LSE, Imperial, Oxbridge, cass) and apply for an internship for this summer, then hope to break in as FT analyst after the Msc
2) Work for a 3/4 years and fully qualify as an Actuary (I am half way through the exams due to university exemptions), then apply for an MBA at a top business school, then enter as an associate.
3) Cold call and try networking whilst working in my current job now, and apply to FT positions without any internship.
My aim would be to work in a London IB role.
If anybody has any advice on the above options, or any better ideas, then please let me know. The clock is ticking for the Msc Finance courses applications, as well as any SA and FT positions for next year.