I'll be completely honest, I'm feeling outmatched and like I'm going to get a shitty financial job and won't be able to accomplish my goal of becoming an Investment Banker. I really need some advice on what I should do. I truly feel as if I can't break into the IB industry because I'm underqualified. I recently graduated college from a decent college in MI because I had scholarship there, but it's not a very well ranked college. (Oakland University, MI)
I graduated with a 3.53 major GPA (Finance Major), Bachelor of Science in Finance
My work experience includes 1 year Financial Internship at an Automotive Engineering Firm.
7 Months as a Construction Project Manager for a Modular Exhibit Company.
4 Years as Project Controller for a small construction firm that my father owns.
Anyways, I have been applying for jobs and I don't think I'm landing anything that I truly want. I was offered a job as a Project Planner with a major utility company starting at $35 an hour which isn't bad, but I do not want to go into the energy industry. I want to become an Investment Banker and work my way up through wall street. I am applying to any IB internship I can find on the internet, but I'm simply not getting the calls for them wanting to interview me. I feel as if my experience is too strongly waved toward construction and not having nearly enough financial experience or the technical skills they want. Also, a 3.53 GPA isn't phenomenal, it's decent but I feel like they want people that graduated with 3.8's from Major Top Tier universities.
What kind of job should I take in the meantime to accrue decent experience that a major Wall Street Firm would pick up on and be interested in me as a candidate?
Should I pursue an MBA from U of M (I live in Michigan)?
Should I get my CFA?
I need to get into one of these firms somehow.......... I'd truly be willing to do anything become an investment banker. However, I need guidance on what to do based on where I'm at (broke living at home with my parents). What can I do right now to make this dream become a reality. I need to somehow start making money so what would be the best job for me to take in the meantime while I keep applying for internships with these big companies? Also, I am 23 years old, will they think I'm too old to do an internship with them??
Any criticism and feedback I truly need and would greatly appreciate it.