I've been a frequent reader of WSO for the past few years and I thought it might be helpful to anyone interested in a similar career path as mine. I definitely gleaned a lot from others here so hopefully I can answer some questions people might have.
2nd Year Research Analyst at a top 5 event-driven/special situations hedge fund focused on stressed/distressed and catalyst-oriented/situational opportunities (restructurings, bankruptcies, spin-offs, etc.) in both public and private securities across the capital structure.
Joined directly out of undergrad from a "non-target" school. Previously was a summer analyst at a BB in Structured Credit Trading and also at a $8B+ buyout fund in NYC. Declined my offer at the BB I was a SA at and almost graduated without a job as a result. By some stroke of divine intervention and some hard work, landed my dream job and haven't looked back since (sounds corny I know.)
Happy to answer any questions.