Non-BB Equity Research Q&A with First Year AnalystER
Was reading through Flake's ER Q&A posted around the holidays and thought that his thread was fantastic. My experience / background is a little different than his was, so I wanted to start this thread as an opportunity to help provide at least some insight into other ER routes that aren't predicated on being at a BB.
Forgive me if it's redundant to some of you, but this was something I wish I would have had when exploring other options.
For a bit of background information on me, I went to a very small non-target UG school and studied Finance. It was a writing intensive college, which has proved to be quite beneficial for me in my current job. I did well in UG (3.8+), and used the GPA to go to a non-target MBA that is a CFA Partner School after finishing UG. While in school, I cleared Levels I and II, and am sitting for Level III in June. Comparable GPA in grad school.F
Unfortunately, with no solid experience and a non-target background, the good GPA was relatively meaningless for me, so I worked really hard to get an internship in ER. Spent a summer covering financials with a solid independent shop, and after graduating the MBA program I took a job with an independent shop covering special situations. I'm a generalist analyst and have gotten to see many industries, some I love, some I don't. Through the experience, I was able to get an analyst job with a boutique buy-side shop that I have since started.