Canadian in Asset Management seeking advice
I studied accounting/finance,, and I'm about a year into a but on the user side (retail) and would like to make the move to the owner side. The role I'm in now is interesting and engaging but I feel limited in the strategy side of AM.
My end goal is AM or acquisition in aor the real estate arm of the pension funds, but I'm wondering if it would be better to move first, as I have decent exposure to the major players and work with them for our portfolio. Or should I go to do my and then use that as an opportunity to meet and get recruited by REPE or pension funds?
I know that MBA to REPE isn't guaranteed but based on the employment/recruitment reports from the major MBA schools in the GTA (Ivey, Rotman, Schulich) I've seen a lot of the top firms recruit from their program.
Alternatively, if going into a REIT first will still get me to REPE or pension fund, I could bypass the MBA entirely since I'm only in it for the recruitment potential.
Would appreciate any advice, especially from those who were in RE before their MBA and were still able to use the MBA to further their career.