I have my sights set on a career in PWM. I would like to stay with my current company, JPMorgan Chase, because I love it here. I graduated in 2008 from a state school with a top business program (10-15th). Because of the economic climate, I was unable to find a "real" job until a year later. Now I'm a personal (retail) banker, which may not seem like the most prestigious work (and it's not), but have I totally shot myself in the foot as far as breaking into PWM is concerned? I've been taking courses towards a Master of Finance (not MBA) from another top ranked state school part-time and will finish in a few months. I don't know if I should try to get in as an experienced hire (I have been in this position 18 months) or if I should go for the entry-level analyst programs. I don't think JPMorgan ever comes to my campus for interviews, unfortunately.
There is a position open currently for an "Investor Associate." From what I gather, this is a fairly high-level position despite the job description's vague quality. I read in another post that the hierarchy is Analyst - Associate - Banker - Investor Associate - Investor - MD, but I don't know if this is accurate. I'm wondering if I might have a shot at the Investor Associate role. If not, I know the Private Bank Analyst programs start taking applications in September, although I don't know when successful applicants actually start working.