Best/Most Realistic Route into Hedge Fund
I was hoping you could provide me with some insight where at all possible.
I currently have two options, work as an analyst at a large HFoF or attend a MSc at one of the semi-target/target universities in London. My goal is to transition into a direct investing role within a hedge fund, more specifically, an equity hedge fund.
The HFoF role would pay £65-80k but the work is quite monotonous and the skillset is quite different to a direct investment role within a hedge fund. Is there an argument to pursue this role given the current climate even though it is not that enjoyable.
The second option is the MSc. The MSc costs £35k. I have spoken to multiple people who have done the MSc and some have been offered internships within investment banking, but a lot (majority) haven't. I spoke mainly to white males (for context). Investment banking is obviously a more straightforward route into hedge funds, but given the huge emphasis banks are placing on diversity hiring it could be quite difficult for me to obtain a job there (I'm a white male unfortunately). Is there an argument to pursue the MSc and try push my way into an IB position and pursue a hedge fund role through this pathway?
I hope I phrased this properly. Please let me know if you would like me to expand on anything.
Which option is best for both my long term and short term career in your opinion? Is there any options I am not, but should be considering?