You're a final year econ student from a non-target with no internship. How would you go about getting an investment role?

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I'm a final year econ student from a good (but non-target) university with no internships or work-experience.

What are some practical routes for me to get a job in investment/asset management or equity research?

Here are some possible routes I've thought of:

Route A: Apply for internships now for summer 2016 start --> Complete CFA in my 2016/17 gap year --> Apply for Grad schemes to start in summer 2017.

Route B: Apply for generic non-investment grad schemes now for summer 2016 start --> Complete IMC while gaining professional (non-investment) experience --> Apply for investment role after 1-2 years.

What are your thoughts on the 2 possible routes? How would you personally improve them?