M/B/B intern looking to move into finance
i have a bit of a situation here. i interned with mbb over the summer and got an offer. i loved the experience, but i eventually want to do PE. from reading these forums, it seems IBD is the way to get into PE. i've applied to some BBs for FT (gs, ms, leh, ml, and jpm) and i've also applied to a few PE firms that recruit at the school (top IVY), incl. blackstone.
i am a theoretical math major with a good gpa and a couple of econ/finance classes under the belt. i have a higher gpa within the major. i have a few leadership positions on campus and have extensive research experience in math and some in econ. i don't really have any "connections" on the street, didn't really get a chance to network with finance professionals during my internship. did meet some top execs of a f100 though (our client) and did part of a PE due diligence. don't think that counts for much.
i know i am a semi-competitive applicant and mbb isn't a bad post-college gig. mostly gunning for gs and ms here. but how do i explain my lack of finance experience to my interviewers? why the "sudden change in heart"? i had an offer at the only bb firm that i applied to, which is one of the ones i want to go to... argh. others were consulting internship offers (not to many either). but i know the FT process is more competitive and i tried reaching out to HR at that BB who told me to apply regular FT. what do i do?
is it worth going to a lower-ranked BB over MBB just for better odds at PE? how much better odds?
i know consulting and finance are quite different, so i guess you could put me in the "confused out of college" pile like a lot of my friends. haha.