Awful A level grades, 1st class BA Degree. any chance? (UK)

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Hey guys,

Graduated recently and I wanted to know my chances in IB, if i network and somehow pass the screening, is there a chance?
My main drive to go into IB are the opportunities to build my investment portfolio. Also working with big clients, making a difference etc.
What other roles should i look into that can still help me on this journey?
I've looked into auditing and its not what i want to do. Advisory and consultant roles do seem interesting but i have not given it much thought.
I have been applying but no luck so far, though i have shifted my focus to insight weeks and free voluntary works at smaller places (Finance related) as a potential way to build up my resume.

Here a breakdown of my grades and subjects.

A- levels:
Business studies - C
Economics - D
AS level:
IT - E

1.1 (BA) Degree Accounting & Finance at mid-low rank university (Average 3.6-4 GPA according to several sources)
Relevant modules
Liquidity & Risk management - 75% (1.)
Corporate finance - 61% (2.1)
No relevant banking experience, but i do have part time admin and hospitality experience. 5-7 years.

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Comments (7)

Aug 22, 2018

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Aug 22, 2018

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Aug 26, 2018

Firstly, just how non-target is the Uni? Secondly, the HR in London are notorious for being assholes when it comes to A-levels. You also usually need at least 3 A-levels so you will need to sit another A-level.
In terms of recruiting, the easiest way would probably be a recognized Master's Programme; and GMAT.

Aug 27, 2018

If you want to break into banking - and I mean real banking, not HSBC - 99% of banks look at your undergrads grades. Having said that, no-experience is definitely a minus on your CV. Imo, it's gonna be tough for you in these conditions, as networking in Uk is not as important as in US. My advice is to apply for summer internships and off-cycle (just in case), but in the meantime, I would focus on securing an off-cycle in a small PE found or in a small boutique, studying for the GMAT and getting an offer from a target uni (Oxbridge, UCL, LSE, LBS)

Aug 27, 2018

HSBC has real banking.. Not sure what you're trying to imply with that comment.

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Aug 27, 2018

It implies that places like HSBC, Lloyds, Santander etc look at your A levels - which is redicoulous. And it implies that even if you have low A level, you can still apply to banking, as there are at least 25 places in London where you can get a valuable experience - more valuable than in the places where they look at your A level

Aug 22, 2018