Here's my story:
I will be graduating this semester from a non-target university, majoring finance and accounting, with a decent gpa (3.5 up). I started networking last summer, searching for that IBD full time offer. I was even considering delaying my graduation for one semester with the purpose of landing a summer analyst internship. I really wanted that job in NYC so I took the WSP Advanced Financial Modeling courses, which I knew could help me ace those technical interview questions.
I applied to a URM finance program that places students in BB and F500 jobs. I got rejected. I networked very hard, met bankers, asset managers, and other professionales related to the finance industry, but no response. I contacted head hunters and recruiters via Linkedin, but no response. Even though my main interest was PE, how could I break into PE if I couldn't break into Banking.
I even registered to take the GMAT next August, and apply to some MSF, thinking that I wasn't going to get any job. I kept on networking, this time with local PE shops and boutique advisory firms. I sent e-mails, called, sent resumes, got a couple of interviews but got rejected. A couple of weeks ago a PE shop offered me an interview for a full-time analyst position. I was very excited but nervous during the interview. I interviewed with an analyst, associates and the head partner. They called me back for a second round interview with the other partner of the firm.
I thought, even if I know financial modeling and im good at Excel, my only experience is working in the family business, where I learned to operate the business and improved my sales skills, but I didn't have any finance experience. Last week I received an offer to work with the PE shop I interview with. It was the best feeling ever!! Even though I know I have the potential, when doors close, sometimes it's hard to be positive, but you know what, you can't stop trying.
Even though I don't post much in WSO, I read EVERYTHING you guys post. I want to thank all WSO users that help us Prospective Monkeys improve our interview skills and learn more about how things roll on Wall Street. A few tips for those of you that haven't secured a FT or SA.
Network, Network, Network....Cold call, email, linkedin...any source...just try, try and try. you will get it, doesn't matter if you are from a non-target..Never give up.......!! Thanks WSO.