One year work experience since graduation, what next?

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Hi guys, I've been reading lots of posts from this community and found very helpful and tons of tips and insights of this industry so it's a pleasure to do a first thread and hopefully will help others too in a similar position.
I need some advice regarding my next steps. I'm currently doing a graduate scheme in corporate banking at a kind of In between bank, not BB but not MM neither, especially when it comes to CB. Anyway, my goal is to break into IB M&A and I don't know which is the best way to get there, as I have applied to several offers and got constantly rejected, not even interviews chances... so I assume my profile isn't strong enough yet. However I did internship at a considerable big Management Consulting firm, but not Big 4.
Shall I stay in CB, get into a top MBA and then move to IB, or go back to consulting and then MBA? I would rather be at consulting honestly, as I enjoy more the day to day job, however it might be better to stay in credit at CB for more time and then do some extra education to move to M&A..

Thoughts? Any tips on how to structure my cv to keep trying the jump into M&A?

I have the feeling that having one year of experience might be the issue here, as most of the job ads i have applied they where looking into someone with at least 2 years.

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Aug 1, 2019

Hi pitagonic, check out these threads:

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If those topics were completely useless, don't blame me, blame my programmers...

Aug 9, 2019
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