Just wondering. How does a guy from an average Canadian university (of Alberta), with no connections and no work experience and no volunteer experience, get into the wonderful world of finance?
I’ve been firing off resumes to practically anywhere with an equity research division in Calgary (sometimes even by just picking an analysts name off the website and dropping an email), I’ve sent them into all the big banks, etc, but cannot get a single callback. Whats more, I’d like to end up in new york (and sooner rather than later!), but if I can’t get one of these jobs here, what are the odds of getting one there? I keep hearing about these unpaid internships and all that, which I’d be all over if it weren’t for my student loans and other financial commitments. I’m not even concerned about the interviews at this point, because I simply haven’t even gotten that far once yet!
So for all you average joes out there, how’d you find yourself working in hedge funds/assets/private equity/investment banking?
I should say I do have a job lined up as a business analyst with a fairly large oil service provider, but it’s more of an operations thing than finance, so I’m really hoping to find something that’ll count towards my charter… I’m also only a level 1 candidate (dec), though my education is econ major/math minor/finance certificate.
I’m not picky about position, as long as I can get my foot in the door. What kind of positions should I ask for?