I'm a 25 years old European engineering major and I recently finished my bachelors degree with a high GPA (~3.8).
The reason why it took me so long to finish school is because I'm originally from Asia and I came to Europe 12 years ago; in order to have some time to learn the new language, I repeated one grade in school. I also spent one year in the engineering industry doing internships in R&D and strategy consulting. Plus, I spent last year in the US to study abroad and to follow my interest in finance by taking finance courses - That's basically why I am so old right now.
My goal is to work inat a , but I have no real finance internships under my belt. So I applied to off-cycle internships and so far, I secured 3 internships for the next 9 months (3 months each):
BB quantitative risk mgmt (
BB quantitative trading strategies (at another BB)
Boutique M&A (Laz/RS/GHL)
My plan is to do a Masters in Finance program in the UK or US which takes another year, before entering the industry, and guess what: by the time I start working I will be 27 (!!!)
Thinking about some of my US friends who start their IB stints at 22, I honestly feel quite bad about myself, because at my age, the usual US graduate has already had five years of work experience.
What are my chances to get into BB trading in London with my profile? Should my age depress me?
Please express your purely honest opinions, since I'm not here to hear what I want to hear...