Guys, So I finally cut it 3 years after graduating from undergrad, and I would like to share my story to you guys as this forum has been staying with me along the way and indeed the break-in cases here keep on pumping gas into me whenever I got rejected.
A bit about my background:
I was an international student studying in a regional business school in New England. Before I went in, I thought it was at least a semi-target school until I learnt the cruel truth that it's considered non-target after going through some of the posts on this forum. I was a total idiot back at school, didn't work hard enough to get a 3.5+ GPA, not networking enough with all the possible alumni connections in the banks, too hurry to graduate (I finished the college within 3 years taking summer and winter sessions), and not having decent internships experience.
Until the last few months of my college life, a relative worked in a BB in Hong Kong doing ECM called up asking me what I was up to after college. Literally I got no idea at the moment and he helped with everything including scratching my CV from ground up and made the reference to the bank. And yea, I got several rounds of interviews; however, it didn't turn out to produce an offer as I wasn't technically competent to get the offer. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had invested in the WSO IB Interview Prep Pack...especially the technical portion.
Attempt at consulting:
Then I tried to find a job in the states as I think I might got more finance opportunities open there, but at the same time my Visa status restricted me from being hired by smaller shops, as most of them would not want to sponsor a foreign student. Roughly after 9 months unemployed, I decided to go back to my home country, and my mom's connection hooked me up with a job doing consulting in Big 4.
Excited at the beginning, but soon I find it boring and I realized that I might still wanna do finance so I thought moving to Hong Kong would be the shot I gotta take as it's more flourished with the opportunities. Then I quit after a year in consulting joining a one of the big 3 reinsurance brokers (where they also hired me and promised a lot) in Hong Kong.
After a year there, I picked up most of technical knowledge and dealt with both sides of the markets, and I became bored again. Everyone in the company said that I did a great job but very limited exposure and upward mobility were given due to the size of the industry (Reinsurance is very undeveloped in China, as the company's focus is China though based in Hong Kong).
ER Analyst Job:
I started to look again and find an ER analyst job in a local MM brokerage House online. Sent in the CV, got the phone interview asked me to prepare for a case, I met the head of research dept and told him the story straight. I was lucky enough that he was rebuilding the department and wanted to take on some new kids from other industries while beared the basic accounting and finance concepts. After the interview he asked me to write a ER report and sent to him within 2 days, which I spent all the rest of the spare time working on it and telling myself don't miss the shot this time. A week after, I was offered a position.
I'm currently serving my notice period, and will join the new firm in two weeks. Words can't express how excited I am right now then I finally made it to this industry and I think I will really treasure the opportunity. I just hope my post will keep on inspiring the other fellows that don't give up your hope on breaking in.
At the same time, I want to remind the kids that still in college (I think most of the readers here are still in college) that don't waste your time there fooling around as it's gonna be a lot harder to get in after graduate. It costs me another 3 years after school just to get a job here. And I'm considered lucky.
Please provide me any career advice and feel free to ask questions