Recently, I've been encountering numerous threads like this one, but, since my story and background are somewhat non-standard, I'm suspecting, that I might get different recommendations.
My profile can be summed up as follows:
* B.S. in Finance, 4/4 GPA from a decent albeit completely unknown university in Eastern Europe
* Currently awaiting results for CFA level 1 exam (expecting a pass)
* Profoundly interested in researching companies and industries, whether for the purposes of investment decision making, credit analysis or M&A
* I occasionally publish articles on my financial blog (e.g. http://seekingalpha.com/article/252531-strong-outl...) in hopes, that it's at least not embarrassing from recruiters' stand point
* I have some other academic achievements pertaining to finance, which would look meaningful, should I apply to a grad school, but, I guess, not so much, when applying for a job
* Advanced proficiency in Excel, Access, VBA and some familiarity with C#, MySQL, MatLab, Bloomberg terminals
* Some irrelevant administrative work experience
* I'm about to move to NYC next month (I have a green card, so no work authorization is required), but I'm ready to move wherever I can find a job I'm looking for
From what I've learned reading WSO, at this point my chances of breaking into ER (which seems to be a perfect match to my interests) are next to zero, at best. And the same goes for IBD and AM. But I'm curious, what about other fields of finance?
In order of preference, other fields I'm considering include: credit analysis, fixed incomes, corporate finance, middle/back office.
So, what I will be very interested to learn from you, guys, is: which of the aforementioned areas do you think I stand a chance of getting into, considering the profile I've outlined? And if you have any suggestions as how to improve my profile or what other jobs I may find interesting, I'll be glad if you share.
Thanx and sorry if I was to wordy