BB S&T for Junior SA...What if a career in S&T is not for me?
Hey monkeys. This is my first post on here, would like to get some genuine advice, maybe from older people in the industry.
I'm doing my junior summer in S&T/MS/ . I like the people at the firm, I like the S&T lifestyle, and I know I find the content of the job interesting. However, I'm not sure if I'm cut out for a career of fast-paced, instant gratification for the rest of my life. If I go into S&T for FT, I'll probably be in Sales, which I worry won't give me any hard skills.
I prefer long-term, strategic thinking, and I enjoy qualitative stuff like writing, though I can code and am fairly good at math (I'm just not the quant type). My main strengths are that I have good people skills (networking / communicating), have done lots of company early insights programs, and I'm generally good at learning things and problem-solving.
What do you recommend I do with this skillset? I could see myself at akind of research role, or at a PE or credit firm. I keep hearing that it's hard to break into the buyside if I don't go straight from undergrad or from 2 years of . I just think it's ridiculous that I have to worry about pigeonholing myself when I'm literally still in college.
Should I get a CFA when I'm in S&T to show I at least have technical knowledge? Should I recruit for something else for FT? What are the exit opps even like for S&T?
Context: 4.0 at an Ivy / target, diverse