I just created an account a couple of days ago after finding a lot of inspiration and useful information from other posts and comments made on this site. However, I want your honest opinion regarding my situation, which is as follows:
I am a 28-year-old Argentine student, currently about to finish my studies at a top university, here in Argentina.
I know English quite well, I feel I just need to tune it up and perform the TOEFL test just to prove it.
Now comes the hardest part, and that is I know I am in a tough spot, I am about to graduate from a nontarget, non-US, non-English speaking university (even though it is the top university in Latin America, I know this matters little). I know it is a long shot to even land an interview at an investment bank or even a Hedge fund (because i could relocate with no problem), but the reality is that my school is not well known in wall street. And my GPA is not that great.
So I need advice on what would you do in my position. And for your consideration, i was thinking about applying at one of the top banks branches here in Argentina (For example: JP Morgan, GS, AMEX, UBS, HSBC) and then possibly ask for a transfer to ny if i perform well (is this possible?). Also, would it help to work at a consulting firm as a way to build experience, say at McKinsey or BCG here at Buenos Aires?
I think that's what keeps me up at night sometimes. It feels like school prestige is very important in wall street, but are my options too thin? I know there HAS to be a way, I would do anything to start my career in a WS IB, but what I have in my hands, my career and the country I come from, that I cannot change.