A finance job in the City as soon as possible...



I am UK citizen and just graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with the equivalent of a 2.1 in finance. I spent a summer (06) working in finance at Home Depot and since then have been involved mainly in volunteer work/teaching. I am also considering obtaining a certificate in advanced financial modeling (DealMaven), it this will help my application.

Basically, I would like a decent paying finance job in the city as soon as possible. Obviously banking and trading would be preferable, but in this market I can’t afford to be picky and need to start earning ASAP (US student loans). That said, what would be the best way to accomplish this? Would it be best to apply to off cycle internships first or full time positions? Should I focus on lower tier positions such as operations/finance? What firms would be most receptive of my international degree and most flexible with being able to start earning ASAP?