Getting back in aged 35 after Leaving Finance
Was wondering if anyone had any good ideas they would be so kind as to share with me.
I graduated Oxford in 2001, no internships.
Unsurprisingly I couldn't get a decent job in Finance, particularly as I only started looking after September 11th and the associated slump in hiring.
I went to China for almost 3 years teaching English and Economics and educating myself on investments.
After that I did 3 finance jobs - at a prop trader (3 months), Fund of Funds and, finally worked as an analyst for Putnam Investments (Telecoms / Utilities) in London for almost 2 years.
I passed CFA Level 1, first attempt.
I quit in 2008 as I didn't much like London life, I could also see a crash coming and didnt much like the firm. I actually quite enjoyed the job and was good at it...
Between 2008 and the present I have worked in HE administration - basically doing returns to the government for a university - latterly 3 days a week. I have also invested successfully for myself. My CAGR between 2008 and present is circa 22% per year. I blog on this (deepvalueinvestments wordpress - it wouldnt let me post a link...
I would now be interested in getting back in to Asset Management - ideally outside of a high cost of living population center.
Does anyone have any ideas? - I have sent my CV to a few places but have received zero interest back. I am not a natural networker so that route is pretty much closed to me.
I have considered doing CFA level 2 but question whether it would really make a difference - I am now nearly 36.
All views welcome.