I didn't technically leave, I was laid off but HR allowed me to say I quit. At the moment, I am trying my best to- but telling my story would be so difficult since without a reference, interviewers are bound to think I get fired.
My story will be along the lines of: being very motivated to break into IBD and so networking, applying and meeting people takes up significant amount of time and I am not able to do that since I need to be at work 99% of the time, trying to reassess my career and position myself effectively. What do you guys think about this? If I manage to get a reference then there shouldn't be a problem, right? But if not....
Thanks guys for all the suggestions/advices.