I'm a recent graduate from a non-target school. Currently I'm waiting for my CFA lv2 result. I have 80% confidence I can pass that.
I always have a strong passion on equity research but I couldn't find one after graduated from the school and I ended up working in a public life science company for a year as a corporate finance role. I thought finishing CFA lv2 could be a stepping stone to help me break into ER (maybe) even a investment related role I would be satisfied.
I think the major problem for me is that I have zero investment related experience. I only have a small amount personal investment portfolio, I guess that's the only investment experience I could talk about.
Would anyone recommend me to start with a non-ER role first? If so, what kind of positions could be a good start?
I also heard that data science and machine learning are today's high demanded jobs for investment companies. Do you think that whether is worth to take a intensive boot camp on that?
Many people said networking is the first thing I need to do now, but anyone has any suggestion for me on that? I don't know anyone who is working as a related position. And I feel like no one would be interested in talking to a corporate finance person. Anything else, you guys think is worthwhile for me to do which could help me get my foot in the door?
Thank you for your time and suggestions.