I need help. I've wanted to go into finance and work at an ibank since high school. However, I got distracted by several things in my life (making a lot of money online, having a Japanese gf, getting addicted to weed) but now all these things have disappeared from my life leaving me just with my dream of getting an entry level position in the financial field.
My dream: Working at an ibank in Tokyo, Japan.
Where I am now: I am back at my home outside of Philadelphia. I have a valid work Visa to work in Japan for the next 1.5 years. However, I am open to working in the United States or any other country if it means I can get a job at an ibank. I can always apply or get transferred later to Tokyo when I have more experience.
I have a degree in Economics from a top 5 liberal arts school and a GPA of 3.8something. I am 24 years old and I graduated in 2008. Since then, I have mostly started several promotional companies online and wrote a book which I self published and marketed online. I have no experience working a "real" job.
My problem: How do I even go about starting? I graduated from college a couple years ago so I can't do the campus interviews and I can't get those internships reserved for college students only.
I go to the websites of the major ibanks and I mostly see only positions for college summer internships or positions for people who already have 3-5+ years of experience.
I know that the entry level job at an ibank is becoming an analyst. Can anyone tell me how I can go about applying to become an analyst despite being out of college 2 years now?
Also, on another message board, someone mentioned to me that I should look into the various certifications that the financial field requires and try taking those tests since they would help show employers that I have serious interest. I assume for most ibanking, this test is the Series 7 exam; should I study for this exam and try to pass it in order to increase my chances of getting my foot in the door?
Another person told me that because I have experience starting several companies online, I should try to get my MBA since that would help increase my chances of getting a job in the financial world. I went to the book store and saw that the average age of people at most MBA programs is around 28 or so with quite a few years of real world working experience. Would MBA programs take me seriously if I applied? Is this even a good choice right now to get an MBA or should I try to get my foot in the door at an ibank?
My ideal: If I don't go back to school, I would love to work in a foreign country (does not have to be Japan for now although it is my ultimate goal).
I am confused as to how to begin or even get noticed by these firms. Right now I am sitting in my home in Philadelphia with absolutely nothing to do. Does anyone have any advice or experience regarding my situation?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Right now I really have nothing so thanks to everyone who responds.