Any recommendations for international from non-target?

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Hi guys,

I am pretty new here and want to hear your opinion, maybe some suggestions on my current situation:
non target school, but have some alumni in GS, a lot at Ray Jay, international, finance major junior. GPA - 3.93 overall, Major - 4.0; CFA Level 1 Candidate in fall, applied for school's investment fund, was recognized as 25 under 25 student this year. Don't have a clear idea of what I want to do, but ER or M&A sound very attractive. I network pretty heavy, so I have a general understanding of what to expect, and I am fine with that. I don't really stress out about H-1B since I know students who recently got sponsored from my school. Not going to complain about it neither, I kinda had an idea what I am signed up when I was coming over here (not really tho).
Interested in Options program at Raymond James, so I can experience different departments and learn more, but I don't really know any other similar program.

Would love to hear what more experienced people think about my situation and if you have any recommendations/suggestions. Feel free to ask any questions too.

Thank you!

Comments (3)

Apr 14, 2017

I would keep a close watch on H1B though, needing sponsorship does narrow down your employment opportunities a lot, and even big companies have been inconsistent about sponsorship in recent years. I know they are currently trying getting rid of the lottery system, but as it stands now if you are not a STEM major (you said finance so I assume you are not) you only get 1 year of work (OPT) after graduation then ~30% chance of passing H1B lottery to stay in the US after that.

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Apr 14, 2017

You are right! Unfortunately, with the lottery I can't really do anything, it is just luck - that's why I am not worried about it that much. With the pool of companies: I even heard some company such Citi or small local boutiques sponsoring even though they say that they won't during recruitment process. But I hope I will have a rep of "too good to ignore" when networking with alumni and get my foot in the door. What do you think about that?

Apr 16, 2017
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