I'm a 27 y/o recent grad w/3.6 in finance from UMiami (good private school but not IB feeder). I did 5 yrs in the Army and was actually passionate and successful. Now I'm trying everything in my will to get into IB but haven't even gotten one interview. I did a wealth management internship in Miami but obviously recruiters couldn't care less. I'm not gonna take the bitch route and give up, actually I'm moving to NYC on savings to try to make some shit happen. I', good with excel, and know what's expected of an analyst BC of the research I've done.
Although the media/gov't makes it seem like they help veterans find employment, IB aren't on that list of military friendly companies. I'm not making any excuses, nor do I think anything should be given to me. However, I need some direction. I was thinking that I go to the city and offer to intern without pay while I study for the CFA in hopes of having something for next season. Are there ways that I can network my way into an interview once I arrive? Do you come across analysts my age or that were in the military at one time? I'm not in need of immediate income or else I would have taken one of the management jobs I was offered. I'm really passionate about this and I'm not gonna stop until its realized. Any tips from here on out? I'm not choosing another career so that's out of the picture. Thanks.