Just venting - if you're not in the mood to get depressed, read something else.
After a grueling 12 months of recruiting for a field that had been freshly decimated and gutted, I have submitted over a 100 applications across several dozen firms and arrived with no leads, no offer and ultimately, no goddamn clue what the fk I'm going to do. I've just been ghosted from my only remaining lead for a boutique consulting shop, and with that, I'm officially giving up trying to break into this godforsaken field. I've networked and held ~50-100 coffee chats, held large-scale events, and attended 7 informationalone (along with a dozen others), practiced ~40-60 cases, held case workshops preparing friends for cases, spent hours breaking down and building my application package, on Rocketblocks, reading Victor Cheng's LOMS, pretty much everything humanely possible to break in. All that work, all that research, all that effort amounted to a demoralizing state and realization that if I want to break in, I'm going to have to pay a $150k USD entry fee (MBA) just to re-recruit because I made the dumb*** decision to graduate during a pandemic. Fk me, right?
If I could begin university from scratch, I don't know if I would change my focus and take more data or tech courses, or just shoot myself to save me the effort of doing it 4 years later. It's honestly lost on me of whether it'd make a difference. I feel like I followed the blueprint to the letter, and did everything to best of my ability just to end up at the realization that I will never be able to work in this field. Even if I do, I'm from a country who's annual salary for most accounting and finance positions don't do much against the ever-increasing cost of living. All this to say, I've arrived at the end of the road. Recruiting has ended and I have nowhere to go.