Companies seem reluctant to hire someone they don't know, who has no experience working in a company. It is risky - there are lots of people who just don't work out in a corporate environment, and if you hire one of them, then you end up looking bad. I am often surprised how unattractive good graduates are to unknown firms, yet how attractive the same graduate is to firms where they have a connection (eg their dad is a major client) - and it isn't entirely unreasonable.As (in the short term) you can't do anything about the experience, if you can get to know some of the people, that will help a huge amount. They will then look at your CV with a view of how they can help you, rather than with an air of scepticism. Ways to go about this:- on this forum - you are meeting some very smart people with very good jobs and tonnes of contacts, many of whom have been mentored/helped in the past and would be keen to do so for the right person. If you make a good impression, it can help. Admittedly, if you make a bad impression, look out. And try to be a little bit subtle! And don't think that just because they can't offer you a job or you wouldn't want to work at their company, you shouldn't speak to them - opportunities come up in unexpected places.- if you get an opportunity to have a coffee with a quant, take it. Your professor/tutors at university should know quants in industry who would be happy to meet with you. Chances are they won't be able to offer you a job, but the discussion will be valuable, and may lead to other leads. Many cities have quant groups or treasury associations that you can join, and then meet people.- recruitment agencies will often chat to you, and once they like you, they will recommend you all over the place. And a company is a lot more willing to listen to a recruitment agency than a graduate with no reputation at stake. And be aware that there are good and bad recruitment agents - if one is no good, try another.- All this presupposes that you are pretty smart, a nice person, hard working, enthusiastic. If you are not, meeting people will only lower your chance of getting a job! If that is the case, I recommend blackmail, taking advantage of relatives, or waiting until the next finance boom when they will hire anyone they can get their hands on!Sorry for the ramble! Hope it might offer some thoughts.