Is it too late if you don't have any connection?

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Hi monkeys, I'm an international student who recently returned to campus after serving in the army (of my country) for two years. I'm a rising junior and currently very ill-prepared without solid foundation in financial knowledge or networking, and found out this year's recruiting cycles for major banks have been moved up. Some have finished their recruiting already, and a few remaining banks leave me with just a month or two before the applications close for 2019 SA internship. I want to ask if there's any decent chance of breaking in without any connection?

I go to a target school and have a STEM major with a GPA of 3.8+. I plan to dedicate most of my time in the following month in acquiring financial knowledge and preparing for interviews. My only hook is being proficient in 3 East Asian languages which I was informed IBs don't care.

I'll have to do my best and give it a try regardless, but I'd very appreciate any advice for me or objective assessment of the chance and situation I'm in.

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Jul 2, 2018 - 10:34pm

I am guessing you are Korean. Which school are you attending exactly? Ultra target as in top ivy? What's your resume looking like? Any namebrand internships in USA? (Asian internships aren't taken seriously due to the fact that 99.99% internships in Asia are obtained through connections and are simply coffee runs) I would seriously consider delaying your graduation if you feel like you can make it for Summer 2020.

(Part-time tuition does not cost that much if you can afford it)

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Jul 3, 2018 - 1:45pm

You've got this. To give some perspective, I'm at a semi-target with an ok GPA (3.5 ish) and I didn't network or have any connections at all. I landed a MM SA bank offer (with no networking or connections, just applying and doing well in interviews) at the last minute for this Summer (April) and just signed my SA offer at an EB (Evercore/Centerview) for next Summer. I never networked or had any internal connections and got through with raw interviewing both times. Also I was the only one given an offer for both super days and every person at my boutique super day went to a better school/program. You can definitely make the Colombia name work for you.

PM me if you need any interview help or resume review. Don't listen to anyone on here that tells you it's too late, I would recommend also looking into the ECM DCM side of things. Interviews are a lot easier since there's less material overall than M&A, RX and almost everything can be found online. It's never too late to break in. I decided I wanted to break in this year March and still managed to find an IB job by the beginning of Summer.

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