Hi, I'm a junior at University of Southern California and a lurker since mid-August. After my internship at a search fund (basically a micro private equity firm) in NYC, I was convinced that finance, and particularly investment banking, is what I want to do after hearing my managing partner's experience at. I really want to develop the financial acumen that he had. I really enjoyed reading and analyzing CIMs, and actually doing high-impact work that taught me a lot during my internship.
The problem is that I found out pretty late that I wanted to do investment banking, and go into finance. I just switched into the school's business school 2nd semester of my Sophomore year and I haven't given much thought about what I want to do after college until this summer. I have a bit better than average resume and a mediocre GPA (3.5), and I have no connections in people working in finance, as I immigrated from Korea when I was 10 and I don't really have many family here in the States. I've been attending a lot of information sessions/networking events this semester and finding out that connections are crucial in this field, which is pretty discouraging. Is I-Banking still a possibility for me? What should I do/can I do right now if I still have a shot?
I feel like I am pretty late, as I've just started finance and I haven't really been involved in finance fraternities/clubs on campus, as most of my friends/connections are engineers and CS people. If this information is of any value, I am originally from New York and I would love to work in NY after college as my immediate family and friends are there. However, I am not in a position to choose, and I would be more than happy to work in the field anywhere.
Interned at a search fund (micro-PE firm), did marketing and real estate internship since I started college
Started an organization that helps the homeless get necessary training to get a job and support themselves
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Thank you for reading my post, any realistic advice would really help me at this point.