I'm at somewhat of a crossroads here. I recently graduated from a non-target, and took CFA L1 in December (still waiting to hear). Anyway, I'm working at a firm doing consulting/outsourced research for hedge funds (it's primarily qualitative due diligence work). I've networked my way into the sales/marketing side of an elite boutique's AM arm (think Cowen, Evercore, Lazard), and am in the final round next week. But I'm torn, because I want to be directly involved in research on the buy-side, not necessarily sales/marketing. However, I'm wondering if it's worth just taking this large name brand and trying to transfer internally at some point/go to a top MBA then try to get into research post-grad OR trying to break into a much smaller AM shop. I haven't had any luck applying for Analyst roles for AM's whatsoever, and my university's presence in NY is somewhat limited--most alums associated with AM are on the sales end.
Any advice or guidance would be helpful.