"I'm a 35 year-old software consultant. I want to be a banker"

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I'm a 35 year-old software engineer by trade. I started my own software consulting company a few years ago and have since decided that I am better suited to a career in investment banking. However, I seem to be overlooked for every role.

I appreciate that I'm older than the average graduate, but I don't understand why banks won't cut me some slack. I've been very successful in my previous career and now want to pivot to either banking or private equity. In this situation, it's inevitable that I will be older - but I also bring valuable experience and am willing to work my way up.

Age aside, I fit all the requirements for M&A. I've always been an academic high achiever and naturally gravitate towards leadership positions. I'm personable and have a valuable blend of both technical/analytical and soft skills. I've spent both my own time and my own resources educating myself in financial modelling and corporate finance and I believe that I can compete with any college grad applying for an entry-level role.

So why is that banks won't so much as look at me? Feedback would be appreciated in the comment box below. 

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