Career Path Starting as Credit Analyst
I graduated from undergrad in May as a finance/accounting major. I secured a job right after graduation as credit analyst on a CRE team at a small bank ($5AUM). Within the next few months, I will also be getting to help underwrite some deals. My dream would be to end up in acquisitions eventually.
I am determined to be very successful in CRE, and want to be doing more to propel my career path as my work schedule is not very demanding (9-5). What should I be doing now to set myself up for success later?
My bank does not use Argus. Would it be worth it to get my certification for future job prospects?
Any RE modeling courses I should work on?
Thoughts on getting CFA? I could study for 6 mo and take the first exam in June.
Long term, is there a benefit to getting a masters/MBA specialized in RE? Alternatively to the CFA, I could study for and take my GMAT and have the test scores be good for a few years.
And of course I know to network! Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.