Low GPA, post Covid: What can I do to improve my chances to get a good job to start my career

Hi everyone, I hope you're well and that your families are safe.

I am writing my first post after being a WSO reader for a long time as I hope to receive some advice from you to improve my chances of finding a job in the financial sector.

After finishing my bachelor's degree as a part-time student with a GPA of 3.3 in International Economics in Italy I decided to move to the Netherlands to do a master's degree in International Management. My GPA is horrible, just 3.0. For me this last year meant having the opportunity to turn my life around and I worked hard and didn't enjoy the Dutch social life that much except for a few parties at the end of the exam session. I gave so much importance to this master and put so much pressure on myself that I never managed to take the satisfaction of seeing my efforts paid off.

Trying not to get demoralized, I started thinking about how to improve my CV and to date I have completed an online course in Financial Markets (Coursera - Yale), a free introductory course on the Bloomberg platform, a basic Excel course and I want to complete an advanced course (VBA) by the end of the summer.
I started applying for internships and traineeships just a week before the outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe, and obviously the responses have not been positive but I'm trying to keep in touch with the HR I talked to and it seems that some positions to which I was interested in are reopening.

I would have liked to start a career in IB but so far I think my chances are very small because of my GPA and I just started looking at jobs in the consulting firms or other finance-related positions in multinational companies in order to use the first year as an opportunity to gain experience and then leverage that to get into IB.
Although I try to stay positive, I can't hide the fact that when the virus hit I saw all my plans disappear into thin air.

Where can I focus my efforts? What are the steps I can take to improve my chances of starting my career in a good way?
Thank you for any advice you may want to share and I hope that the resulting post will be helpful to other guys who are in a similar situation.

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