I am a recent graduate from UofT, Rotman Commerce program, which is a target school and a prestigious program. However I missed out on the summer internships of all kinds as I would always go back home for a summer break. I have also missed on the GPA targets partly to my 2nd year, when I decided to jump into social life of the University.
As a result, now I am at the operations side of an investment company and feel that I am in a deep trouble and there is very little chances that I can get to IB at this point. (cGPA 3.0)
However, I am trying to fill in my gaps as much as possible and spend all the free time on listening to Damodaran lectures, watching finance modelling videos online etc. I have already gone through all the free videos from BIWS and Wall Street Prep. I have also signed up for CFA level 1 to show the potential employees that I have solid understanding of finance upon passing it in June.
I have tried to find any case competitions or IB competitions for recent grads but could not find any....
People tell me to get to Masters' program or to a MBA program and it would possibly open up opportunities for me to enter the IB industry but I want to work in IB so that I can pay for my MBA, not otherwise because I simply have no such funds to pay off the program.
My most recent future plans are to write couple of stock pitches and start doing cold coffee meetings with IB professionals since it seems that nothing else I could do to get myself to the industry.
I would appreciate any advise. Is it good idea to wait until I pass the CFA level one and start networking my way through to the industry or that wouldn't be effective because the longer I wait from my graduation the less chances I would have to emerge as an entry level IB analyst?