Well to give a little background,
I graduated California State University, East Bay (state school near Oakland) with a Marketing major and a less than desirable (by IB recruiter standards)(3.0, upper division, 2.7 cumulative)this past June.
In midst of this educational feat (if you can call it that) I had a job coming out of school doing product marketing for a small sci/tech licensing firm in San Francisco that I had previously interned for. However after speaking with many people, doing alot of reading and exploring different options, I have found that finance (specifically I-Banking) is what I wish to pursue. While people have given me mixed reviews, I know that it is the calling that I have been waiting for.
Now one thing that has been consistent with the people I have talked with in this field has been their education. They have gone to either highly distinguished schools or have highly distinguished's or both. As you can see from above, I have neither.
What I do have is some work experience, some finance coursework and a hell of a lot of gumption & confidence. I am an extremely fast learner. I have 4 months at my current job and have already been offered a promotion to a position that many people do not achieve without a few years of experience. The job has also left me with experience in evaluating many different kinds of businesses. I have interviewed with many other companies for marketing jobs and have always been given an offer or at least gotten called back to 2nd & 3rd rounds. Needless to say interviews are not difficult for me but getting to the interview is the hard part it seems.
I have been told that I should wait to go get an MBA in finance and take the associate route but, I feel like I need to gain some experience sooner. I know that living in the SF Bay Area is good for I Banking because of the abundance of large and boutique firms. I would like to know if anyone could give me advice on how to go about attacking this and getting into the field that I want to work in.
All your answers are greatly appreciated.