I'm looking at going for an MSc in finance to strengthen my application for a career in IB. Long story short, I did my undergrad at UBC in Canada, Applied Mathematics, and found an interest in banking after a time-series research stint during the summer of my third year. I got a little more serious about it after that, met with countless number of industry professionals to gauge whether or not I really wanted to pursue IB.
I've missed my chance at internships during my undergrad, but I think a master study will make me eligible again for intern programs and will also back up my interest in finance.
I want to know what my options are, the best ones atleast. I'm not dead set on attending a b-school in Canada. I'd love an international experience.
So far i've picked out ESSEC in Paris as I meet the requirements for their program. SSE looked good as well but I don't think I meet their requirements for 'social science' credits, ECTS bs.
So.. some details about me:
Major GPA: 91%
Cumulative: 3.7 (84% at UBC)
Final two years of study: 90% Avg
GRE scheduled for late November this year.
4 month Paid research work during my third year, teaching assistant for two years, Varsity Athletics, and multiple executive positions in clubs (ranging from finance exec to president).
I've been actively looking for employment, anything finance related, while I study for the GRE. The IB scene where I live isn't in a great shape and most (10+) people I've spoken with at boutique firms have firmly stated they're not looking to take on interns at the moment. So Ive started to look a masters. I had first round interviews at a couple of the big 6 here, unfortunately that didn't go too far. Using those as a learning experience of course, My interviewing can definitely be improved.
Anyways, any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.