Hello everyone. I've been browsing this website for a few months now, reading a lot but never posting. In the next 3-9 months I"m looking at switching up jobs and trying to find something that fits me a little better.
About me: Three years out of undergrad, finished my Masters in Accounting a year ago and have my CPA.
For the past year I have been working at a good sized investment firm (20+ B in AUM) as primarily an accountant, but also some finance elements in my job. I work closely with analysts, associates and PMs. We had a variety of investment products, but hedge funds and high yield fixed income is our primary focus and what I am most familiar with on a "non-accounting" level. Work with hedging instruments and FX cash as well.
I've decided that accounting probably isn't my future, but really enjoy theand investment side of our business. Unfortunately with my current employer, I would have to make a geographic move to join the trading side and that's out of the question right now for me.
Right now I'm looking at a few different options.... potentially as an investment analyst for a smaller investment firm here in Fort Worth, maybe look into private equity (there are a few of them in FW), but also potentially interested in the Shell trader development program in Houston, or another O&G trading job. Investment banking has kind of been put on the back burner... 80-100 weeks won't really work for me.
So, basically, what career advice can you give? What's a good route to trading? Any good options I should be looking at? In general, or specific to Fort Worth, DFW or Houston?
Preferably I would find something that is a trader development program for a fixed income strategy, but I haven't had much luck finding anything.
Thanks in advance