I am an Asian student majoring in economics. I am in my final year of undergrad and successfully cleared CFA level 1. I want to begin my career in investment research/asset management/ fundamental equity research. I don't have preference for buyside or sell side at the beginning but want to end up on buyside eventually, in public equities. I am planning to study for my masters in other country, preferably in Canada or Australia. I thought about the US but I found that recruiting in firms like fidelity or Blackrock there recruit from undergrad schools for entry level analyst positions and not from grad programs like Msc Finance.
I chose Canada, Australia and the US particularly because of the size of markets they both have for asset management. There are large pension funds in Canada and superannuation in Australia. Correct me if I am wrong.
I looked at some programs in both countries and liked the following:
University of Western Ontario - Master of Financial Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University - Msc Finance
Wilfrid Laurier is a low ranked school, but I found on WSO that it is considered good for buyside and it has got two co-up opportunities of four months each. I lack work experience so I thought it is something great.
University of New South Wales - Master of Commerce (Finance specialization) 1.5 year program.
University of Melbourne - Master of Management in Finance (2 year program)
What do you think of programs which I mentioned above? Any suggestions or tips are highly appreciated.
For the USA, I am reluctant to study Msc Finance. I am going to write a question separately for the USA. It is embarrassing to say on this forum that I have intention of working in the country where I study and not to move back to my country. I know lots of Asians end up doing their masters in other countries so how can I distinguish myself? Given the political scenario in the US, should I target only Canada and Australia and not the US?