What's up guys, frequent lurker here. I graduated in May and would like some input/perspective from the community. I graduated from a private school in South Florida (use your imagination). Degree in finance, average GPA (3.2-3.4), internships in analytics and boutique IB (both in NY), and have been working remotely at a Seattle based start-up since June (Live in Westchester, NY). I only really started networking in July and have been successful establishing contacts at firms predominately in NY. Have had about 15-20 informational calls through mutual contacts, ranging from PWM, PE, ER, FX, and Prime Brokerage. Actually got an interview with Goldman, as well as EY. Didn't get the position with Goldman and EY pretty much alluded to not having anything open right now, but to reconnect in October. I recently left the start-up, as I was only compensated in company equity and wasn't willing to relocate to Seattle. I'm having trouble finding what to do with my days of free time now. I go to the gym almost every day, play soccer, have been studying technicals, reading books, applying through LinkedIn, etc. I'd really like to start my career in IB or something similar, as I like the transactional aspect, want to develop technical skills, and would really like to run my own business one day.
I feel like my days aren't very structured and I'd like to stay busy. I didn't really know what I wanted to do within finance, so when I went back to school junior year I hooked a good friend of mine up with the IB firm position because they wanted someone to work through the school year and he now works there full time (yeah, he owes me one). Not to ask redundant questions that can be found in the search function, but put yourself in my shoes. What should I be doing to secure that full time position while i'm unemployed?