Help me transition from AM to HF
I'm a research analyst at a decently sized LO AM (€150bn+) situated in continental Europe. I work in a team of three (two PMs and myself) managing close to €2bn in equities and will gradually start taking on more of a PM role over the next 1-2 years. I'm 28 and have 3-4 YOE, all on the.While I genuinely enjoy a lot of what I do (love the markets, the constant learning, and the intellectual freedom), after going to a few conferences and brushing shoulders /speaking with peers on the HF side (mostly SM and MM L/S), I've come to strongly believe that this style of investing and approach would better suit my personality. Unfortunately, I have found the 'sleepy' stereotype of people working on the AM side to be quite truthful, whereas almost all the HF people I have met appear much more passionate (even obsessed) about the markets and their work. This, along with the stronger emphasis on absolute performance and 'eat what you kill' mentality, resonate a lot more with me.
My question is how would you suggest trying to make this move? I see a few potential options, which are not necessarily mutually exclusive:
B. Try to network at conferences and other investor events and try to get interviews or referrals from contacts that I make;
C. Try as a first step to move to a larger financial hub (most likely London), either to an AM or ER or a smaller SM HF and then try recruiting again from there;
D. Dig my heels in here, transition to PM role, and try recruiting from a relatively stronger bargaining position (PM track record, experience with risk taking, etc.);
E. Endlessly blast off applications to postings on LinkedIn, efinancialcareers, postings, and headhunters and go for the numbers game;
F. Something else...?
I would greatly appreciate anyone's thoughts, suggestions or advice.