I am due to graduate from B-school in the next few weeks, which I should note is not a target school, with an MBA in finance. Due to attending a non-target school and wanting to pursue a career in IB, I have taken some steps to position myself to be considered for a position in the field. During my MBA, I sought a boutique IB firm to intern part-time so that I could at least be exposed to several of the deals they conduct. I did this while also working full-time as a data analyst for an online travel agency (rhymes with briceline).
I've read that managing all of these responsibilities (work, school, internship) should look appealing. While at the internship, I was able to form a good relationship with the president and CEO of the firm and he offered a full-time position there once I graduate; though, he did mention that he believes I should try to get a position in a BB bank so that I can get exposed to several coverage teams rather than be pigeon-holed at his firm, which focuses mostly on reinsurance. He has handed me a list of 40+ names, emails, and phone numbers of MDs and other executives who have either worked for him in the past or have worked with him extensively over the last few years. The list even includes David Solomon's info (obviously I would not reach out to him). I have reached out to a few of the contacts, namely Jefferies, Citigroup, and Evercore. I was able to secure an interview with Jefferies but not the position. I spoke with two individuals at Citigroup but this was only an informational interview, which went well but they don't have a position currently available.
I haven't continued reaching out because I think I clearly need more advice in regards to how I go about this. So I'm reaching out to the WSO community. Is anyone willing to advise this chimp?
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