I am in the process of completing a doctorate degree in pharmacy (PharmD) as I plan how best to leverage my non-conventional background in the hedge fund industry. As an active trader with a fairly diverse portfolio, I have always had a keen interest in the markets. Given my healthcare background and working knowledge of how different medications behave in the body, I often read company filings/clinical trial updates in an attempt to find value where it is due. I am able to look at companies objectively and make decisions accordingly from a bottom-up perspective (L/S).
As far as career plans go, I understand it is difficult to land a position at a L/S hedge fund if one lacks the proper knowledge, skills, and fortitude. With this in mind I decided to pursue the CFA route to add some relevance/credibility to my CV (I am scheduled to sit for Level 1 in December). Of those who I've spoken with, many have suggested that I look for a position in ER at a boutique IB or smaller shop to gain some experience after graduating. With the recent trend of hiring individuals from STEM backgrounds, I'd like to know if there are any additional steps I should be taking to better position myself.
At this point, I am looking for some advice/insight into the best way I can get my foot in the door at a hedge fund. If there are any members out there with similar plans or experiences willing to share their knowledge and opinions, I would be eager to listen. All insights are welcome!