Should I quit my job for an internship?

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So here is the dilemma.

I am graduating from a non-target in the spring and have no internship experience. I couldn't afford school, so I worked full time at retail banks (Wells Fargo, JPM Chase) during my studies. I am licensed and deal with consumer investments, but the job is still a meh sales job for people with high school diplomas. I am applying to tons of summer analyst internships for 2019 because I realized my experience has some good names, but no substance.

As for my question, is it worth it to try and get an internship last minute, quit my job, and bank on getting an entry level analyst position after the internship? Or should I just keep working at JPM and try to break in by networking? I'm seriously considering doing a one year MSF program to make me more competitive and extend my internship lifeline because I can't be sure I'll get an offer right now.

I have experience managing a 500k student fund. GPA is 3.7, (Could be higher, but i screwed up as a freshman). I believe in my work ethic, but I don't know if I have a chance.

If you read this, thank you for taking the time to offer any advice. Im realistically aiming for low/mid boutique IB/MM firms in the LA area or anywhere that will take me.

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Oct 12, 2018

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Oct 19, 2018

The way i see it is that you've still got 7-8 months before you graduate and there are a lot of boutiques in the greater LA area. With enough hustle, you have a decent shot at getting an offer somewhere.

That being said, I'd recommend casting a wide net in looking for finance roles. Even if it isn't IB, having some more relevant finance experience on your resume can help you transition later on.

Oct 19, 2018
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