First a little about me.
I graduated with a liberal arts major and a high GPA from a 'target' school in 2011. Shortly thereafter I began working at a small strategy consulting firm in NY (V50 firm).
After 1 year at this job, I was told I had to leave due to 'poor performance' and was forced to resign, albeit in good standing.
This literally blindsided me, as I had great rapport with my colleagues and loved my job. I think part of my firing had to do with the fact that there was not a lot of work and a new crop of analysts coming in, but I'm not entirely sure.
Fast forward 6 months later and I still haven't been able to find a job.
I need help with the following:
1) Any business/finance/that I could apply to that would give me an interview despite only 1 year of experience and a 6 month resume gap.
2) Coming up with a plausible story for why I resigned from my last position without a job lined up. After all, what inexperienced recent graduate would be stupid enough to leave a high-paid, prestigious position by choice in this economy? My lack of a solid story is really killing me in my cover letters and interviews.
3) Advice on how to bridge the resume gap. Do I have any hope having been out of work for this long?
4) Can I ever get a top MBA? Or will my application be trashed because of this whole fiasco with my first job and the subsequent unemployment stint?
5) Should I just give up on business and try for med school or something at this point, even if it's something I'm only mildly interested in? I'm determined to lead a upper middle-class lifestyle, but I just have no idea if I can get there now in the 'business world' given what happened with my 1st job.
Thanks for all your responses in advance guys. Truly appreciated.