I think I speak for a lot of people when I say, I've done everything I can to position myself for IB recruiting. I'm a 3.9 at a target, worked in MM PE sophomore summer, networked my ass off, and have several interviews lined up already.
With all that said, there are literally hundreds of people just like me and there clearly aren't enough spots for all of us. There's a strong chance that I will get a good banking offer, but there is just as much of a chance that I don't. I want to be prepared for that scenario and start exploring alternatives for junior summer early to put myself in the best position for full-time recruiting.
So what's the next best thing? Is it really big 4 valuation? Independent valuation (ex. Duff & Phelps)? Corporate development? Perhaps some backdoor path that looks as impressive as banking on your resume, but not as much competition?
Would really appreciate any advice.