So basically, I'm a senior at a non-target graduating this June pursuing a degree in finance. Initially, I was really interested in an investment banking career,, but after getting some more exposure to that area through my school's group, I've isn't as interesting as I thought it would be. What I enjoyed more about the process was the qualitative aspect (i.e., researching where the industry was going, what the business is/how it operates, etc.) as opposed to the quantitative part (i.e. which beta to use, forecasting working capital, etc.). This has made me to a large extent rethink my career path.
I think now that I am much more interested in a career in corporate strategy, but I don't really know how to get there. Fact is, coming from a non-target,and some of the top F500 strat companies like google are almost impossible (I applied to MBB online, got rejected of course). In order to get a good strat job, it seems one must work at MBB to even have a chance, so I'm trying to see if there are other areas that are perhaps the next best thing to corporate strategy or are more qualitatively oriented than just a pure financial analysis job.
I know this post is kind of vague, but if anyone has some guidance or needs more details about what exactly I'm looking for, I'd really appreciate the advice and will gladly try and be more specific.