I was hoping to get some advice on the types of jobs/funds that might be a natural transition from my current job as a political science lecturer. Just to give a little quick context, I'm in my mid-twenties, was an adjunct professor for 3 years, and am now a full-time lecturer, but on the non-tenure track. I teach primarily courses in international relations, and my own research has been mostly related to immigration in the past, but I am working on an article related to the impact of political event on exchange rates. I've always had an interest in the buy-side, and was a member of the investment club as an undergrad, have read very widely about valuation, hedge fund strategies, etc. (Graham, Malkiel, Veale, Schwager, Ittelson, Schilit, Drobny, etc.). I've taught myself aequities, options (from LEAPS to reverse iron condors, etc.), and currencies, as well as hedging methods and managing risk, and I've done quite a bit of investment personally. However, since I am on the non-tenure track and have had a fascination with applying my interest in international politics and political economy on the buy side,
I was wondering if anyone could suggest the type of job that might be relevant given what I have described as my interests. So I guess this all leads me to two specific questions that I hope someone in this community with hedge fund experience can help me answer. First, how likely is this type of background to get me hired (taking for granted I have an enormous amount of enthusiasm for the markets and think about them all day) given that I am not a math, engineering, or science PhD? Second, what type of role should I be looking to apply for (research, portfolio associate, etc.?) and which type of fund would be most conducive to my experience/interests? Perhaps someone with my background has no chance of getting hired into a buyside role? What do you guys think? I appreciate any practicable advice that you could give.