I am writing in the hopes getting some insight into how best to approach breaking into the corporate finance division of a Big Four firm, preferably KPMG.
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, McKinsey's Valuation book, and the Investment Banking book by Rosenbaum, 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, comps, dealflow, etc.
Thank you in advance for any and all help and information.