Breaking into AM / HF
A little bit about me: non-target BA in economics, 5+ years of experience (1 year in investor relations, 3 years in FP&A/, and now 1 year in strategy consulting), passed both CFA level 1 and CFA level 2 exams, and plan on taking level 3 in 2022.
My goal has always been to do something market facing, preferably on the buy side. Not yet sure whether I'd rather be in fixed income or equities, but I'm leaning towards equities. I think it would be fascinating to analyze and learn about new companies every day for a living. Dream job would be investing in emerging markets.
Anyway, given my experience, and assuming I become a CFA charter holder sometime in the next year, do you think I might be able to find my way over to the buy side at either a large asset manager or any size hedge fund?
Am I pigeon holing myself by staying within consulting for much longer? If I can't get a job on the buy side with my current experience, what type of role should I be looking for as a stepping stone?
Do I need to go back and get my MBA after I get my CFA in order to pivot to the buy-side?
Any advice you'd give me in achieving this, any cautions/encouragements on the direction I'm trying to go?