I am writing in the hopes getting some insight into how best to approach breakingdivision of a Big Four firm, preferably .
I am 21 years old with one full-time year spent working in Big Four audit whilst completing two years of uni via distance learning. I have completed my studies and will receive my diploma next summer with only the defense of my dissertation left. In the meantime I am doing some ACCA exams and am aiming to take the CFA L1 exam next June.
I completed a BA in Finance and Accounting in one of the top schools in my home country in Eastern Europe which means little in international terms, but it does offer a joint degree with a top 50 UK university. My grades are overall good, and I have received a full scholarship in my first semester, however the grades I received for the courses I took during my year of work are somewhat lower on average as would be expected. In addition I have supplemented my studies with auto didacta studying from mainstream texts such as Damodaran's Investment Valuations,'s Valuation book, and the Investment Banking , Pearl, and Perella for expanded knowledge.
I would be curious to get the opinion of anybody experienced with Big Four corporate finance or perhaps an Investment Bank or other M&A advisory shop of comparable size/stature as to whether I would have a chance at gaining a position next summer based on the above information, and what I could potentially do over the next 6-7 months to improve my chances (other than networking). I would also be very grateful for any general insights as to what one can expect in terms of analyst-level tasks, culture,, dealflow, etc.
Thank you in advance for any and all help and information.