I spent 2 years in audit at a Big 4 and transferred internally to their transactions advisory services group (TAS). Like everyone else here, my end goal is to work in banking. I've started reaching out to alumni from my school although I went to a non-target undergrad. Some recruiters have straight up told me that I need prior IB experience or modeling experience.
I could use some advice. Those of you who know people who have made the jump from Big 4 TAS to IB, how did you do it? And how much time cold emailing alumni and talking to recruiters until you got noticed? I've spent about 3 weeks now looking and all I got was a phone conversation with HR from 2 banks telling me they are really looking for candidates with prior IB experience. I already have a Master in Accounting and don't want to pay the money for an MBA... But seems like that might be the only way to break in.