Hey guys, this forum had been invaluable for me in securing a summer analyst position within IB at a BB (MS/GS/JPM) and I wanted to share my story.
Parent's didn't go to college (were missionaries) grew up fairly religious. We lost our home during the crises and about a year after moving to the city I left home at a pretty young age. Reasons for leaving were a mix of drug abuse in the family and physical/verbal abuse.
Ended up homeless for a bit > Graduated high school > Enrolled in community college
Met a mentor who gave me my first suit, briefcase and helped me write my first resume. Due to legal issues couldn't apply to FAFSA and had to work full time to get through college. I applied to a program unique to our school and went to London for an internship in a finance related role. I think this experience helped set me apart, following this I did Big 4 in NYC.
I used this opportunity to walk into the front desk of many BB's on my off time and made friends with the security guards. They often knew people and would refer me to HCM , after a lot of hustling I had an opportunity to land an S&T internship at BB. All still while at my community college.
Following this I realized I was more interested in IB and tried to make the switch unsuccessfully. Many people told me with a big name on my resume it would be easy, THAT IS A LIE. I hustled so hard to make it happen and it didn't, so I took a year off of school and worked on my technicals and story.
At this point I had transferred to a super non target, as it was cheap, had what I considered to be a good finance program and solid if small network on the street. However before school I had started I received my offer.
I apologize in advance if this story sounds convoluted I tried to maintain anonymity while also sharing my experiences, hope this story helps someone else in their process.
A few notes:
I know I didn't mention this but I transferred twice and took roughly three years to do my community college stuff, it sucks but not all paths are linear and you if want it bad enough you'll deal with the cards life offers and make it happen.
Networking is key, it's honestly the only thing I had going for me.
Lastly rejection is a part of the process and is integral to your growth and maturity. Learn to accept this. I was told I was a better fit for accounting, I kept that email to fuel my drive. I was rejected from SEO, MLT all those minority programs (I am a minority) because in part due to my shaky educational path as well as not taking SAT/ACT (wasn't planning on college in HS).
If anything is unclear feel free to ask questions.