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Jun 10, 2020 - 4:20pm

Yes, but it is extremely competitive. You have to think about all of the people who are on the sell-side who want to make the jump, lateral candidates, similar experience candidates, and then there other graduates all shooting for very few spots. It is so competitive because LO AM is the ultimate gig and people never want to leave.

Network, network, network. You have to demonstrate that you are passionate about the markets and that you actually know what you are doing.

Keep practicing sample pitches. You have to show that you have the skills and can "think like an investor".

Some shops may not care as much about how developed your skillset is because they have training programs to help get you up to speed. These are typically the larger firms. They will pretty much only recruit from target schools. Of course there are exceptions, but they are far and few between.

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:37pm

It ultimately comes down to what type of investing strategy you are pursuing.

If you want to do LO AM, then yes a Research Associate position is likely your best bet.

If you want to do L/S HF, it is still a good track but I would recommend IB instead because it will be easier to enter into IB initially and it's a common track.

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Jul 3, 2020 - 2:30am

It is possible, but it will take a lot of determination and a little luck. I graduated from a non-target program in the city that my current position is. Coming from a non-target and having a not so great GPA (worked 2 jobs all throughout college to pay the bills), I had to be a strategic when applying.

My first two internships during undergrad were very close to the markets and relevant to the work I do today. However, I knew that I wanted to get a gig at my current shop for its culture and reputation. So for my senior year internship I took a role in sales at this firm. I made it clear to my manager from the start of my intentions and I was extremely lucky that she supported my plans and helped along the way where she could. I hustled my ass off, bringing a more analytical side to the sales role than previous interns and produced projects of actual value that were above and beyond the actual scope of the position. This got the attention of the head of sales who gave me his blessing and I was able to secure an interview for the upcoming class of associates. There would be no way I would have been able to get in the door if I was external.

Everyone has their own path, but the key is getting your foot in the door however you can and capitalizing on every opportunity to prove yourself along the way.

Best of luck.

Feb 3, 2021 - 2:38pm

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