Not able to break into IB/valuation post-grad
Hi all-I'm a recent finance grad with hopes to land in PE someday. I know the road to PE almost always involves doing time in valuation and/or IB, (or corp dev) and I'm having issues getting onto that first step.
A little background about myself: I have had two full-time internships in accounting & back-office finance but was never able to land a prestigious 10-week analyst role. Out of over 100 applications, most of them being valuation or IB, I've had ~10 interviews, 6 of which I've gotten to the final round (rejected by all), and I just received an offer to join a-office trade support.
Feedback from interviews has been much of the same. I'm a good candidate with a solid academic record and internship experience but they hired someone else that has had either a) past experience in the exact subject or b) is a CFA level II or further.
The way I see it, I have two choices from here;
I can continue trying my luck with apps and likely go up against candidates that have the edge over me or:
I can accept the full-time offer to work in middle-office trade support, then eventually pursue an MBA a year or two down the line in hopes that it can get me into valuation or IB somewhere.
What do we think? Thanks in advance!