I will preface this by saying yes I've read TONS of threads on this question. I am hoping for some more advice for my specific situation from the WSO community.
I'm currently a Big 4 auditor in a major market and want to make the switch into Investment Banking like many Big 4 people would love to. My plan is to start networking like crazy right now, develop some relationships, and see if I can get interviews for the coming recruiting season.
- Been in Big 4 for about a year
- 3/4 way done with the CPA
- 3.95 major GPA and 3.85 Overall GPA at state school (Northern Illinois University)
- Very small alumni network in investment banking
So my questions are:
1. Is cold calling/email/LinkedIn contacting going to be my best method of networking?
2. Will banks care I'm not 100% done with my CPA
3. How do I spin my audit experience to for investment banking
4. I also have experience working with a startup that received funding, how do I spin that experience for investment banking
5. Also, I would much much prefer to be in the D.C. Metro area, would it be significantly more difficult to get a offer there than say New York or Chicago? I will be going after boutique banks primarily.
6. Should I apply for intern positions?
7. Do I have a shot in hell at this?
My back up plan is to move into TAS at my firm or another firm which seems to be a go to route for many auditors, but I want to give going straight into IB a hell of a shot.
Thanks everyone in advance for your input!