I am 27 years old doing an MBA in a top Business School (HEC/LBS/IESE) and trying to break in Investment Banking or.
My background is the following; Graduated in Economics in Spain (GPA 3.7), then following a family tradition I joined the Spanish Army. I was in the army for nearly 4 years (9 months of Training and 3 years in my division). I got a spot in the Special Operations Group (the elite division in the Spanish army), and over my 3 years I have been assigned to missions in Somalia, Mali and Senegal, gaining different decorations.
However, now that I am in a top business school, no one in Europe (Spain or UK) values my background at all, and I struggled a lot to get a. I have the feeling that in the US, soldiers and marines are much more valued and they are given many more opportunities at large banks. I met many American soldiers in the base of Rota, and 3 of them secured internships at BoA and despite they studied at a less prestigious School.
I am aware than the skillset gained in the army is not transferrable to finance, but I wonder what European employers have against soldiers. In the end, Isn't an internship supposed to learn these skills?