Hedge Fund Operations Role Good Place to Start After Undergrad?Subscribe
I just graduated from a non target university (undergrad class of 2019), and have an opportunity to begin my career in an operations role at a credit and real estate focused HF in NYC. I know operations isn't the greatest role and I do not want to make a career in it. However, I understand that HF's are much harder to break into after undergrad and no professional experience than most other types of firms. While I am not exactly sure what role I want to make a career out of, I would like to be on the Investment side of a firm rather than operations. I think that because HF's are much smaller I will work with and be exposed to all the aspects of the firm, and it would be a tremendous learning experience for me. I plan on taking my CFA level I in December, and hopefully could leverage that along with networking and extra effort to move laterally into the front office eventually either internally or somewhere else.
I'm not sure how realistic this is, so that is why I am posting. Basically I want to know if this is a good spot to begin my career.
Last summer I interned in the back office (controllers) of a mid sized investment bank, and I did well in networking with senior employees in other areas of the bank (fo). However it was really difficult to make real traction due to how big the firm was and how separated all areas of the firm were from each other.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!