I'm at a crossroads of sorts in my young career and thought it would be helpful to get some input from everyone here. I find many of the posters on this site are very knowledgeable plus no one knows me personally, so I think this could be a great help. Let me give you some info on where I would like to be in the long run, and then some background about me.
I have no specific role that I am shooting for long term, however I know that I want it to be something that requires me to source and execute investment ideas. I know that's broad, but I think that's a good thing at this point. Some careers that stick out at me are becoming a PM or working in VC. For my next role, I would like to pursue something that helps me to learn the skills I would need for this.
Currently, I work in trade operations for an Asset Management firm (>100B AUM). The role has given me a good introduction to the industry and time to pass the level 1 CFA exam. It is obviously not where I want to stay. So my question is, what do you think would be a better path to follow in the short/medium term between these choices:
A) Stay with my current firm and progress up the ladder. I envision that going something like this: current role --> 2-3 years in a middle office role (performance, risk, etc.) while continuing the CFA --> Research Analyst --> PM. This path has been done before and I am in a strong position (great annual review, friends in research and support of my bosses) to make the first step.
B) Throw myself full throttle into landing an IB Analyst role at a boutique bank (or whatever other bank I could find a position). I recognize the value of this experience and how much I would learn. Additionally, I understand the level of work and sacrifices required and am fully prepared to meet that challenge head on. I would not make the decision to do this lightly or on a whim, which is why I'm here. I know it will be extremely difficult to break in but I am confident I would eventually be able to land a role.
C) Something else I haven't thought of.
Things to consider:
-I have spent 1.5 years at my current firm and believe I have made some great internal connections and a very solid impression.
-I currently have to commute outside of the city
-I am 2 years out of undergrad (top 35 university)
-Whatever direction I go, I won't be happy staying in the no intention to do so. I recognize the difficulty in transitioning but will do whatever it takes to do so, so please don't dwell on this.
-I am very interested in going to B school but only if there is a specific way that I think it would help my career. My current firm would pay for it.
Any thoughts, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all for their help in advance.