Do I have a shot with an internship with low GPA and a CFA level 2?

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I am currently doing my service in the military until 2019 August, and I want to know if I am screwed after I'm out of the military with the resume I currently have.

GPA 2.5 out of 4.3 (Only finished 1st year of uni)
Speak 4 languages (Eng, Korean, Chinese, Japanese)
CFA level 2
College: HKU (major in finance)

I'm I already screwed with my resume to get my first intern in finance in Hong Kong? I am looking to boost my GPA as soon as I return to school next year, but at the mean time I want to do an internship before I head back to college next year September.. Some guidance or advices will help !!

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Jun 3, 2018

I don't think you were supposed to take CFA L2 in college. But, it is impressive and offsets your GPA in a way. You may have a chance at locking in some internship.

For anyone who knows the CFA program though, it is very odd ... and impressive. But, also I seem to recall there being a question when filling out CFA L2 registration if you have completed your bachelors before registering for the exam. I don't know how you got past this question.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 3, 2018

Thanks for the comment Isaiah!

Um as far I am concerned my military time is recognized by the CFA so it was not a problem (well the CFA didn't question me anyway).

If I aim for the top IB firm internship with my current resume available, do you think I have a shot? I just heard way too many people saying any GPA less than 3.5 will not land you a decent internship at a well-known IB..

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Jun 4, 2018
Nafla:

Thanks for the comment Isaiah!

Um as far I am concerned my military time is recognized by the CFA so it was not a problem (well the CFA didn't question me anyway).

If I aim for the top IB firm internship with my current resume available, do you think I have a shot? I just heard way too many people saying any GPA less than 3.5 will not land you a decent internship at a well-known IB..

Oh ok Military - cool.

IB is likely out unless you know someone very well. They don't really care about the CFA exams and your GPA is really under.

Why did you take the CFA exams if you want IB? You might have some luck with investment management type of internships as anyone who has passed the CFA exams will know that an intern who knows L2 material will be legit. So, see what you can get, but even with that GPA it might be hard. The military will be a plus though.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 5, 2018
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