Hi, I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a lurker on this forum since August. I just switched my major from Civil Engineering to Finance and Accountancy. I enjoy reading news about M&A's (like the one about Kroger and Marianos), love numbers, and economics so I thought this would be a fit career choice. Also, there are great exit opportunities that I can use to support my family.
I have a strong resume but it does not have anything that relates to Finance and I am at a non-target. The OCR is fairly weak at UIUC and coming from a lower class first generation family I have ZERO connections to people working in finance. My biggest concern is I do not know anyone. This is a business that revolves heavily around networking and I have less than 4 connections on LinkedIn. So is I-Banking still a possibility?
Furthermore, I feel that I am late to the game. Many of my peers have summer leadership programs and are heavily involved in the campus finance organizations/biz fraternities that usually only allow freshmen to join. I am a transfer student in the college of Business so I will not have a lot of connections and opportunities for leadership positions.
Worked in fast food for the last four years (last one as supervisor)
Currently working at the campus catering department
Executive Board on Accounting Club
Voting member on the Student Senate
Study Abroad Program
Thanks for reading my first post.
Also, I have recently started reaching out to alums (VP's, analysts and MD's) from my high school that has a strong Alumni Association and plan to do the same with UIUC (especially the ones on this forum). I live in Chicago and started sending emails to boutiques and smaller firms forpositions and PWE summer opportunities but had no luck, any tips?.