I have pretty much all the credentials one would want as an undergraduate. Economics Major, Target School (ivy), and a great GPA. Unfortunately, with a whirlwind of college experiences including Division I sports, I only was able to muster up a few final-round interviews with BB banks in NYC. I took a couple of real estate internships in the summer as it helped me focus on sports. Then, three months out of college I was able to land a Corporate Development gig at a F500 company working as an M&A Analyst (CPG). It's not in NYC, but a great work-life balance. I probably make around 75% all-in as the typical first-year analyst BB. Networking. Networking. Networking. This was simply all I did. However, I realize I may be at a disadvantage because most in CorpDev already have IB experience or similar finance internships. This is the case for my bosses. How can I catch up to the rest of the pack and be a quality asset while always looking for potential exit opps? I should say that my boss/company is having the company pay for me to take classes in NYC for valuation in the coming months (thank god).
P.S. i love this website. Keep up the great work.