Advice needed: Buy-side vs Sell-side doubts
Hi fellow monkeys, I am coming to you for advice. Ever since I decided to major in finance, I've imagined myself working for an AM/HF. IB never crossed my mind or intrigued me. I am currently an intern at a L/S HF, and my PM gave me a bit of advice which has made me reconsider my path post graduation. He suggested I not focus too much on the buyside (in the near term), as it would narrow my skillset and exit opps. He then pointed to the analysts at the firm, all of which come from IB backgrounds, further stating that it is extremely difficult for a new grad to succeed at a buyside firm without the skills/mental rigor I would gain in investment banking . I slept on it, and I'm starting to reconsider a lot of things and starting to fill with doubt; I am currently a junior at a non-target and all of my efforts have been towards networking/applying for solid buyside opportunities. As I mentioned, I haven't networked for IB. I am confident in my abilities (whatever they may be as green as I am) to succeed anywhere, but I'm also willing to hear the ugly truth. Am I truly putting myself at a disadvantage gunning for HF/AM roles upon graduation ? If so, is IB out of the question for me given I'm already a junior due to graduate in December?