Hi everyone. I'm a couple months (associate level) in at a boutique shop working directly under a PM(<500m port). Have already covered more than 50 companies since I started and definitely feeling the heat already, is my scope too big (according to James Valentine, hell yes)?
What are some of the key skills/knowledge I should master to better my exit opportunities apart from reading (I have mostly finished reading every investing book esp. value related you can think of) and doing what I do everyday like going through heaps of info and improvizing models?
And is embarking on CFA absolutely necessary for further progression (as my name sugggests, CFA material is largely irrelevant to me)?
Should I commit to the buy side path or stray over to sell side and then back to buy side?
Apologies for the long wall of text, any constructive response will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.