I have been out of undergrad one year. I graduated from a decent school (non-target but with target business school) in Economics and Applied Statistics. My GPA was a 3.1 rounded. I have completed 4 courses in a MSF program at an unheard of business college. My graduate GPA is a 3.85. I took the classes mostly to get myself over the HR hurdles for commercial banks (finance and accounting coursework). I have taken Financial Statement Analysis, Financial Accounting, Financial Management and a Quantitative Management course.
I have been working ~ 1 year in an investment brokerage. I started off imaging documents, but moved up to some compliance work, and now am working with a broker. I do mostly cold-calling, still a little document imaging, and help him populate some spread sheets as he goes after corporate 401k plans. There is very little analytical rigor. I have talked to the CEO of the brokerage (which also owns an investment bank), and have asked him for help transitioning. He said he would make a phone call for me, I plan on following up in few days. I am going to talk to a family connection in Equity Research, and see what he thinks about what I should do, but I wanted to get some of your advice about potential directions I could go. Where should I be looking?
Obviously, from reading past posts, I know that networking is going to be my best bet. I get that, and will be working to build my network starting with this man. I just want to have realistic expectations when I talk to him. If you could give me one piece of advice, what would it be (do not tell me to kill myself). If you need more information, ask and I will provide it if I think I can. Thanks in advance for your help.