Thought I would share my story. I graduated from a mid-tier university in the United Kingdom in 2012, my first job was in working for a back process outsourcing company focusing on building pensions for corporates. I took the job because they had an investment consulting department. I went for an interview didn't go well, carried on working hard and building my skills.
Second job was at a fixed income pricing department of a financial data vendor, I took the job because it would contribute to the CFA. Worked my ass off built my skill set and then moved to another job at a sell-side listed real estate research house worked there for a few years again built my skill set and then went over to a private equity fund of funds company before finally managing to get a role at a hedge fund which focuses on European real estate equities.
This journey took me exactly 6 years of working my ass off and struggling but in the end, I made it and currently love my role. So the take away from this is if you want something bad enough if you continuously work hard and then harder, play the game you'll get there in the end.
Any questions more than happy to help.