My story to get to where I did is a very strange one. I went to a semi target school, had an OK GPA, didn't join any finance clubs, and had zero connections into the business. At this point I was pretty much shunned and didn't get any interviews at a bank, even regionals. I personally didn't think I would ever get to where I wanted to be in finance, so I shifted to try and look at consulting, as the big4 recruited heavily at my school.
So I was lucky enough to get a position and I started my career at EY in their BAP program and was put into a valuation team. I realized because I was working with specialty finance, and a complex one at that, this could 've my chance to try and leverage it to break into finance. I worked my ass off learning for just less than a year and wanted to leave from their as soon as I can. I happened to find aon LinkedIn of all places who posted and applied. Out of sheer luck, I got an interview and an offer as an Investment Analyst after 3 rounds of interviews.
The next two years I reverse commuted to CT and learned the business. We went under. Having not many connections, i relied on my resume to do the talking, sending it out to recruiting firms, company HR portals, and LinkedIn. Finally, after a few weeks, I got interviews at PE firms,shops, capital raising, and boutique AM and shops. I got multiple offers and took one at a BB.
To me, it is satisfaction knowing one can get in when they are totally ignored and don't have the perfect gpa in the beginning. In just 3.5 years, it all changes with no connections helping.
The summary is generalized, but If anyone has any questions I would love to give any advice people are looking for on any front. To me, I went through a lot of psychological changes to thinking I wasn't good enough to landing at one of the most prestigious firms in the world in a short time. I'm very lucky, and I want to help others get out of that mindset I was in.