Graduating with Master's degree - no job interviews yet...

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Looking for a bit of advice here.

I'm currently a MS finance student at Syracuse, graduating this May 2018. I have been applying for all types of positions since last August (analyst positions, associate positions, internships) with no interviews in sight. By checking my application status, I know I am making it past the computer pre-screens but not to any sort of interview beyond those hirevue video interviews. I have gone to all sorts of networking events, even was connected to a MD at one point via an analyst but never really heard back past the initial email.

Here's a bit more about me specifically:
- Transferred to SU as a junior and got a bachelor's in economics, 3.59 GPA
- Went straight from undergrad to my master's degree
- no job experience or internship experience
- no connections to the industry
- sat for CFA level 1 this past December, about to hear back about results

Does anyone have advice as to where to proceed from here? I know that's a broad question and the most obvious answers are network and keep applying -

There are a few companies that are still visiting SU doing informational interviews - would those be worth participating in at this point?

Recruiters and career center employees have told me I should be applying for associate positions because they're Master's positions, but I feel I don't have the experience needed for that level. Is it better for me to stick to analyst positions?

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies. Will elaborate if anything needs clarification.

Comments (8)

Jan 18, 2018

INTERNSHIP INTERNSHIP INTERNSHIP

Get on LinkedIn tonight, find a SU grad who is at a company offering an internship and get to messaging/talking/connecting. The highest and best use of your time will be in finding someone with a similar background or connection to you that can help facilitate a soft introduction to an internship or part/full-time opportunity.

Jan 18, 2018
Swimtexan:

INTERNSHIP INTERNSHIP INTERNSHIP

Get on LinkedIn tonight, find a SU grad who is at a company offering an internship and get to messaging/talking/connecting. The highest and best use of your time will be in finding someone with a similar background or connection to you that can help facilitate a soft introduction to an internship or part/full-time opportunity.

great advice

Timing Is Everything.

Jan 18, 2018

Thanks! Will get started on that.

Jan 18, 2018

make sure to follow up with the people that you didn't hear back from. they may have just forgotten

Timing Is Everything.

Jan 20, 2018

Cold email for boutiques. Maybe even offer to intern for free on a trial basis.

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Jan 21, 2018

thanks, working for free is a no-go because of student loans, but I will try the cold emailing.

Jan 20, 2018

out of curiosity, why did you do masters right after ugrad?

Jan 21, 2018
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