Journey from Worst Possible Applicant
Hello. I am a 2.86 GPA Chemistry major. I'm 24 years old. I graduate in June. I go to UC San Diego. I have no relevant work experience. I have no immediate connections to investment banking. I have a bad GPA. I have no relevant coursework. I have an incessant passion to go to investment banking.
I was having an existential crisis about 1 month ago thinking I wanted to go into finance. All my research lead me to realize I want to go into investment banking. I realized the technical skills that came along in chemistry were pretty similar in terms of excel and usage of data to create models.
I spent the last month grinding to apply for a masters program. I applied for roughly 100 internships in financial advising and analysis. I have got endless rejections.
I came to the realization that I most likely won't get accepted into the Masters programs that I applied for. I had only 2 weeks to study for the GRE in which I dedicated myself to only study the quant portion yet I scored higher on my verbal. 160 verbal, 155 quant.
I'm not unmotivated. I'm burning with a fire to show the world that being in a seemingly worst case scenario possible will not make it impossible to get to investment banking. I can't wait to do it.
In my research, I've found people compensate for a low gpa with experience. And people with low experience compensate with a gpa and connections.
This leads me to wallstreetoasis. I have come to ask for any advice on how to get my foot in the door into the finance industry. My situation is so bad internships won't let me in.
So far my journey has lead me to realize I might have to accelerate my learning through countless certifications. That being the SIE, FMVA, and CFA level 1. But I want to learn. I want to know more possibilities from ibankers who know what it takes. Please what should I do? I will make sure to note all perspectives. And for all those that think that I won't make it. I will write down your username and keep it as fuel on my wall. Don't hold back.