I have no idea how to start

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I finished high school in another country and moved here. I started working in a restaurant just to cover my bills and focused on classes thinking it would be enough. however, I never did an internship or got any experience in my field, and I am graduating next semester. I don't know where or how to start and it is freaking me out.

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Dec 1, 2017

start reaching out to anybody you know in relevant fields, friends/family/teachers/etc. network, network, network. Ask people for informational interviews to learn more about what they do, and try and go from there

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Dec 3, 2017

Networking, reaching out to alumni, cold-emailing to companies. Willing to do part-time internship in the spring with no paid. Join a club in your school and do volunteer works so you can have some thing to write about extracurricular activities in your resume. Equipped yourself with some online certificates and said you spent time in the summer preparing for those things. Plus, you said you focused on class, I assumed your GPA is solid. You still have hope, my friend, but you gotta work really hard in the upcoming months.

"If you're afraid - don't do it, if you're doing it - don't be afraid!"
-- Genghis Khan

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Dec 4, 2017

I never interned and still received FT offers.

I spent most of senior year applying / interviewing though.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 5, 2017

more info please

major?
gpa?
quality of school?
career goal?
extracurricular experience?

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Dec 5, 2017
jondavila1995:

I finished high school in another country and moved here. I started working in a restaurant just to cover my bills and focused on classes thinking it would be enough. however, I never did an internship or got any experience in my field, and I am graduating next semester. I don't know where or how to start and it is freaking me out.

The way you wrote this post makes me think you don't really put in effort into things. Or you don't know how to communicate clearly. At least give folks the relevant facts so that they can give you some advice.

I graduated college without a job offer in hand (although I did do some internships in college) and networked my way into a job. You can still get something with the right attitude and effort.

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Dec 5, 2017

You have little-to-no chance without connections. Think about an MSF.

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Dec 6, 2017

Your comments are always straight to the point. Love it.

OP: You can definitely still apply and get a job, but if you want anything related to IB, I'd say your chances are extremely slim. Why would I take someone who just worked as a waiter instead of some kid who knew his WACC build-up since high school? That's the kind of person you are competing with.

Apply everywhere including MSF programs to re-brand.

Dec 6, 2017

Yeah, I try to avoid all of the unnecessary scenario based modeling and try to get to the point. Could the OP get a respectable finance job given his situation? Sure, it's conceivable but highly unlikely. Would the OP be happy as a sales person working in PWM? Perhaps.. It's something he should look into.

Specialized masters programs were essentially designed for this sort of scenario. It's why they exist and it's his best bet, assuming he can crack the GMAT.

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Dec 5, 2017

The brofessor is right. Way more info is needed for tailored advice. GPA, major, etc. Also, what is your citizenship status? Had an acquaintance go through a similar situation. Finance major, no internships, etc. Non-target. Worked her way through school on waitress money. Leveraged it into a wealth management gig at a top BB.

Instead of financial/investment experience you've got a long sales track record that qualifies you for a client management/sales role. JPM's Asset Management/private bank programs are a great starter for fresh undecided grads. If memory serves me right a 3.2 GPA, financial degree and proven customer service skills are basic prerequisites.

Learn solid Excel skills and especially gain exposure to VBA if you want to get interviews with those gigs. A crash course in Bloomberg would also be helpful. Lots of online sources that can easily and cheaply accommodate all that.

Wealth management is a lot more "democratic" about academic and work pedigrees of recent grads. It is a highly broad line of work, with broad skillsets. With your sales experience I definitely think it should be something you should have a look at (tip: get a letter of recommendation from a manager praising your customer service skills and include it with your resume application).

Again, this is pretty general. More info is needed.

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