Low GPA, crazy explanation, worst COVID situation
I´m a recent graduate (BBA) from a TOP3 business school from Spain looking to get into investment banking, but I have a very low GPA (6/10)...So here´s the reason:
For the past 5 years I have been running some of the most exclusive nightclubs and music-related events in Madrid, at the time, I didn´t care much about my performance in university since I was passing fine (I barely had time to study), and I was going to have a degree from a top school in case something went wrong in my business in the future, besides, I was making a lot of money...Well, the setback came quicker than I expected, coronavirus has demolished nightlife, and now at least in the close future I can no longer keep running my business and I want to land a job in IB or something related to finance. Overall if it wasn't for the GPA I have an OK resume for a recent graduate:
-Bilingual Spanish and English
-Abroad experience in the US
-Good finance-related internship
-Investment club at university
But from what I have been reading on the internet, a bad GPA crushes your options to land a job in this sector, I´ll be taking my CFA Level I exam soon, but from what I know, it is useful for PE and Hedge Funds but not so much for IB...
So...What are my options for overcoming such a poor GPA?
I know many of you are going to say an MSc in Finance, but after CFA Level I, spending $50k just to show a good GPA on my resume seems too much (since I probably won´t learn a lot of new things after a BA from a top business school and CFA...).
Is CFA L1 enough for an entry-level job? Another language?