I apologize if you have already read my post before from another website but I casting a wider net to see if I can get some additional ideas.
Hi, I feel a little weird asking for life tips on Reddit but here goes... Quick background: I graduated with a BBA in Finance (it's a US top 30 business school so nothing spectacular) with hopes of doing something in corporate finance. I started studying for the CFA exams around that time with the hopes that it will help me achieve that goal.
All this time, I worked as a commercial real estate broker. I really enjoy my job and the challenges it presents. Unfortunately, The CFA designation isn't really recognized in my current field. Now that I have passed all the CFA exams, I am little lost about what career to pursue next? Should I go back to school? I already did a BBA and don't feel that a MBA would not be very enriching. I feel that I would only benefit from the networking, but that is a really expensive benefit to pay tuition for. If I do grad school, I would try something more specialized but not sure what...
I want to pursue a job that will utilize my work experience and the charter, but I really don't know what that is. I feel that the obvious route is a job with a REIT or a alternative asset management firm. However, I don't know if my job function will be appreciated. Although my current job requires financial analysis, I spend just as much time "deal-making" (sourcing and negotiating investment opportunities). It wouldn't be exciting to start in a junior position and do 100% financial analysis again, whether or not it is with a larger firm. Although my deals are small relative to REITs and PE transactions, I have been involved with underwriting and negotiating $25M+ projects.
Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you.
TL:DR Commercial real estate background but as a broker | Just passed CFA exams | Don't really want to start in a junior position again | What career path can use my work experience? | Go back to school?