Audit --> Equity Research
For the past few years, I've worked as an auditor for a regional accounting firm and now a small accounting firm. I'm at the point where I've realized auditing just isn't interesting for me. I went to a non-target (Top 50 US) school and was basically told I wouldn't have a shot at a finance job, so I just studied accounting.
I signed up to take LI of the CFA and hopes of increasing my chances. I also know someone who works for a mutual fund company doing sector research (not sure how or if that differs from ER). Straight up applying for these jobs doesn't work. Does anyone know other avenues I could explore to make this happen?