Hi guys, a friend of me showed me this wonderful website and has allowed me to do even more research. I was hoping you guys can help me answer some questions, it would greatly be appreciated. Like many other people who post on these forums, I am a young college sophomore with about 3 years of schooling left at a non target school (with a surprisingly large amount ofinternship listings from boutique banks) Fordham University at Lincoln Center who wants to pursue a job or career in finance.
I attended a crappy school for my first year of college because I slacked in high school, thats what happens when you're young and stupid. I didn't do well at all, I had a 3.3 GPA for my freshmen year at the college. However, things happened at home and I was forced to return to New York. The economic crisis was tough on my family, and this meant I had to take care of my sister often and work many hours on my own in order to pay for my books, living expenses, and save to pay off my college loans. My overall college gpa stands at about 3.0, 1910 SATS(yes laugh it up), and I am an International studies major. I realize that my gpa is absolute crap and I need to secure at least a 3.5 for the next few semesters to raise it up but it becomes difficult with all my responsibilities.
I was wondering if there is any hope for me or any path I should take to secure a buy side job as an investor (Analyst, PM) anywhere? I know I can't expect any stellarjobs because I lack a high enough GPA and that my school lacks a finance major or clubs. Yes, I came to this school at first thinking about a career in liberal arts but I have changed my mind due to my increasing interest in investment. I think going to fordham was the worst decision of my career, but there isn't much I can do as I don't want to transfer again without losing credits. The only thing I can do, is to transfer to the Gabelli School of Business Undergrad or do a minor in financial accounting / business admin.
I have begun to read several investment books, The intelligent investor, A random walk down walk street and
I understand that I need to improve my GPA diligently, otherwise my only asset when applying would be my Mandarin skills.
I was looking at least passing CFA 1 but that requires work experience. I was also looking at thein order to market myself. What would be your best advice for me? Should I try to begin cold calling and applying for internships? If anyone even reads my huge wall of text, thank you so much.
If my gpa is too low, I guess it'll have to make me work harder in everything
I have narrowed my current plan into a small list
- Improve GPA as close as I can to 3.5
- Read more books on investment and analysis to make up for my lack of finance classes/ LEARN ACCOUNTING
- Do personal equity research on stocks I buy and trade on my paper stocks account
- Learn somewhere???
- Study for Bloomberg assessments??
- Prepare for CFA or MBA?
- Cold Call and network every botique in this city for an internship after raising my gpa