I'm a recent graduate, with a Finance major, Economics minor and an International Business certificate, from a non-target school. I had a 3.4 GPA and previous internships in Real Estate Finance and Wealth Management, as well as a study abroad experience.
My job search has been a combination of bad interviewing and bad luck. I had several good prospects which fell through due to underdeveloped interviewing skills, then had an offer fall through due to 'HR Issues' and now I have two offers- one from a small Valuation Consultancy and another from a large Financial Operations company supporting the Investment Banks.
Neither position is 100% ideal, considering I wanted an entry levelAnalyst position. This wasn't realistic, due to my less than stellar GPA, being from a non-target and it taking a while for me to get better at interviewing. Given these options now, however, which would be a better first job for a path into Investment Banking? I do plan on pursing the CFA and possibly an MBA in the future. I am leaning towards the Valuation Analyst position which seems more interesting and relevant.