Breaking In With a CFA
I just finished my freshman year at a total non-target with a 3.7 GPA and hope to transfer into Baruch for the spring semester of next year, which is a CFA partner school (not sure if that really means anything). From what I have been able to gather from my research, it appears that essentially all job postings that prefer a CFA, also want people with prior experience in research. I guess I'm a little confused as to how many different types of research jobs are out there and where companies recruit for those positions. In the event that I don't get a FO research position right out of college, where would be the best place to start a career, that I can later combine with a CFA to break my way into the industry? Would other jobs in financial services that aren't research oriented, provide me with anything worth putting on a resume?
On a side note, my parents live within commuting distance of NYC, so I have the privilege of working for free, if I find an opportunity that will benefit my career in the long run.