that is my first post ever after just having subscribed to WSO. After one year spent on my MSc, and numerous applications for which I have not even been given the chance to sit for the psychometric tests, I found my salvation in Bloomberg, company which I will start with next Jan 2015. Apart from my BSc (Hons) in Economics & Finance (Italian Uni) and my MSc in Banking (Cass Business School), for which I respectively got 1st class and an honest 2:1, just one point far from Distinction regarding my Master, I do not have any previous experiences in the financial services sector. My jobwise experiences are lifeguard and basically collaborating with my father in his micro company. He is a tiler. All of that, before I decided to study, which happened 2 years after I got my High School Diploma. At that point, since I did not know English, if somebody wonders why I did not do any internship, I spent two summers studying the language, between 1st and 2nd, and 2nd and 3rd year of undergrad, plus I flew to France for the Erasmus programme during my last year of undergrad. I graduated end of July 2013 and flew to UK early Sept 2013 for my Master.
That is summarised my background, just because I think that is the reason why I haven't been given the chance to do any psychometric test. CV and Cover Letter has been scrutinised by a far relative of mine who is an MD. He worked for 2 bulge bracket banks and currently he is MD in a UK one. Again, I don't really know how to use the fact that I know him to get some kind of help...I don't really believe in networking. I am old-fashioned and rather than licking asses around and hardly smile to somebody I don't like, I would go the way everybody has to go: APPLICATION PROCESS. If you deserve it, it is yours...otherwise better change path. That is my idea.
Now....my big question is, since I want to get into IB, WHAT SHOULD I GO FOR??
Should I go for an internship, a graduate scheme?? Or what?? How do I really break into it??
I do believe that the fact I got the job in Bloomberg will give a boost to my CV, but still think that my next step is applying for an internship. But If I were to pass the selection process then I would find myself leaving a permanent job for an internship without the certainty I will get a graduate position for the next year.
Anybody who could share opinions on my particular situation would be welcome.
Good Luck to everybody!!