As someone who has a below-average GPA (around 2.8), who is interested in the banking/financial industry, minimal prior experience, and is about to graduate, what are some steps to attaining an internship/getting started on a career path? Is it even possible?
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Anything is possible, depending on your attitude, capability of hard work and determination. Many CEO's of large companies don't hold their degrees in business even. It's all about the journey of getting there.
To put things in perspective, I feel a lot of people put pressure on their first job out of college. Honestly, it is my belief that your career is a natural progression of what you want to do with your life. Granted, starting off with your dream job right out of college might make it easier or more desirable, but always keep your end-goal in mind.
That being said, your first job out of college a lot of times is determined by your academic performance, as you typically wouldn't have a lot of experience in the field. You will land a job out of college if you are determined. It might not be that dream job, but use it as a stepping stone to gain valuable experience, and keep your eyes open for opportunities along the way. If you keep focused on the long term and give your job all you've got and then some, you'll be able to prove to any employer that they should want you to work for them.
I know it sounds corny, but really, anything is possible. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.