From rehab to offers in IB
I know most of you are probably sick of these stories but thought I'd share anyway.
I graduated from a semi-target with no real immediate opportunities, and as someone who had always wanted to break into IB, this was rough.
I have always struggled with mental health, and I have been addicted to drugs for about 4 years, but things got progressively worse and worse after graduating. I was abusing multiple substances (Class A's, prescription, weed etc) and it reached the point where I was so hopeless I was planning suicide. Luckily, my mother forced me into a rehab (and paid for it) last summer. However, I came out and relapsed shortly thereafter. This continued for months and months as I attempted sobriety whilst searching for jobs, receiving literally zero interviews. Networking is something I've never really done, I never quite understood it (I also had fairly bad social anxiety, so I avoided it). Eventually I found CA and began recovery. I've racked up some sober time now and began to search more and more, plucking up the courage to reach out to people and attempt to make myself stand out.
After what's now been a year of being unemployed and attempting to recover from addiction, I have finally received an offer from an IB.
I've probably spent more time browsing these forums over the last year than actually applying to jobs so wanted to thank you all for the advice you post.
If anyone's come out of university and has nothing lined up, it is not the end of the world. It isn't impossible to break into IB without that SA position, keep grinding.
For anyone struggling with addiction/mental health, feel free to reach out - I'd be more than happy to help anyway I can.