I'm a recent accounting graduate, with only accounting experience on my resume with dreams of breaking into the finance field. IB or Sales and Trading is pretty much out since I didn't go to a real target school (Baruch College in NYC), but I'm, interested in Private Wealth Management (which is basically sales from what I hear? which I would say I'm better at that number crunching), FP&A, Corporate finance, etc. I know it sounds bad that I'm willing to take anything, but almost every area of finance sounds more exciting than any area in accounting haha.
I'm currently working as an audit intern at a public accounting firm, and while it's not so bad, I am 100% more interested in the finance field. I chose accounting thinking it would be an overall better degree to have, but now I'm afraid I'm going to get pigeonholed into accounting positions for the rest of my life.
My question is: if I want to do finance eventually, and I'm 100% certain I want to make the switch in careers, should I even bother going for the CPA or should I just start applying for entry level finance positions right now and try to break into the field right away? The only reason I want to pass my CPA is to put myself into a better position when applying to other jobs, and just look like a more qualified candidate. But I also hear once you move into M&A, IB, or almost any area of finance, CPA means jack. And while I'm very attracted to Asset Management/Wealth management, etc., I'm not sure how desirable of a candidate I am.
-Baruch College, Bachelor's degree in accounting
-Have professional work experience, a general accounting position, and currently an audit intern (though no direct finance work)
-Above average excel skills, use excel at work all day, pretty fast on the keyboard, always looking for new formulas and shortcuts to add to my arsenal
-Have Bloomberg Market Concepts certification, and comfortable using a Bloomberg terminal
-Have taken a financial modeling workshop before, haven't practiced enough or made my own models enough to put on my resume
-Have great interest in all things investing and the capital markets, just finished my 2nd book on investing, 3rd if you count trading and investing, and I'm currently going over it a second time to highlight key points (I seriously love learning about this stuff)
-I have above, I would even say way above average people and interviewing skills. I read books on influence and persuasion, body language, books and videos on sales, it helped tremendously with scoring and acing interviews, and I have coached friends and fellow students on their interpersonal skills.