Background: First year credit analyst withFAP Program. It's Asset Based Lending.... I know it isn't but I am really loving the program. The pay is solid, but the real value IMO comes from the great deal I've been able to learn about. On top of that, my coworkers are incredibly helpful, they were more than happy to take me under their wing from day 1 and made sure I could begin to contribute in a meaningful way ASAP. Not to mention the culture here is awesome. Not a lot of turnover, and everyone gets along great and seems genuinely happy to be working for .
Long story short: I love it. This isn't just a "what are my exit opps?" post. I feel like I still have a lot to gain and hopefully contribute to the FAP program, but it'll be 2.5 years at the most, and less if I progress quickly. And while I like ABL, I am not particularly attracted to the traditional move up to Relationship Manager.
The two career paths that have always interested me the most are working in distressed and mezzanine debt funds or in private equity or VC. PE/VC seem like the most interesting, but also might be tougher to break into? IBD is also interesting to me, but seems tougher to break into, unless i was able to move into Wells Fargo Securities? And those first two options would be more interesting to me anyway. Friends have told me you can potentiallyor from ABL, but I'm not too familiar with what a long term career in those areas looks like.
I'm a CFA L2 candidate, and will (fingers crossed) be a charterholder before I finish this program. I also have a 770 GMAT, so getting an MBA might be an option? Not sure if my work experience would be good enough.
Anyway....any thoughts on how to transition into one of those fields from my current position? And which is the most realistic? I know there might be other jobs I'd have to take before ending up at something like one of those.
Sorry for the extra long post, I'll try to trim it down. Just wanted to get all my thoughts out. Any advice/anecdotes that could be helpful? They would be much appreciated.