I'm a junior at a non-target (3.96 GPA, Honors Finance Program, Double major in Finance & RE w/ honors concentration) and I only got 4 first-round interviews during recruitment. Two of which required some dumb luck because I just applied through the company Website. One was w/ a BB (GS/ML/JPM), got a superday, no offer after the first-choice accepted. Second was PE (BX/KKR), no superday.
Most of the kids in my program have already placed. The ones still waiting for offers have had 15-20 first round interviews.
This is my second year at this school (did 2 years at a JUCO) and I think I'm not getting many shots because I haven't been tracking towards IB since HS. I grew up blue-collar and didn't know what investment banking was until 2 years ago. My resume prior to transferring reflects that. I had a good internship w/ a RE investment group last summer, but feel like nothing I do is going to matter if I can't get my foot in the door.
I'm networking as best I can and trying to position myself for FT next, but am trying to decide if IB is a path worth sticking with, or if what I do is largely irrelevant because I was shoveling asphalt and hustling cards while the kids I'm competing w/ were building their IB resumes.
Is it worth sticking w/? If so, what should I do? I feel like I'm 20 years behind kids in the same program that I'm beating in the classroom.