So I'm a 2nd year analyst in FIG in a lower-tier bulge bracket. Trying to get out to HF/PE but headhunters and firms are so racist against FIG experience. I've actually focused on asset managers and FinTech companies which follow traditional EBITDA based modeling, and purposely don't do any insurance or banks. Yet it seems impossible to shake off the FIG stigma. People from the class above me either went to FIG PE or left finance altogether.
Any advice on how to deal with this and break out of the FIG pigeonhole to a generalist role on the buy-side? Unfortunately, switching to M&A or LevFin within my bank is not an option at this point. Thanks in advance.