I had a question regarding interviewing while still(or credit for that matter - hours/job not that different at the end of the day).
Let's say I want to make a move from my current job as ananalyst to something else - me specifically, the buyside, but this question would hold for corp dev roles, MBA interviews, and pretty much anything else as well.
How do you find the time to actually go interview? I'm not saying reaching out to headhunters/networking in general - I am asking how do you get OUT of the office during the day to interview? As many people know, you are TIED to your desk during the day in ER.
It is different than banking, where it can be encouraged to go interview & it's much more open to talk about with peers/Associates - and you can get out of the office for 1-2 hours if you make the time up at night. And in ER you are being "groomed" to become a sr analyst to cover stocks (take that with a grain of salt), vs. hitting your 2 year mark and leaving for the buyside or an MBA. Additionally, in ER, if the market is open, you are there & you are taking calls/doing your job/making money for your bank. Even before/after the market closes, it's pretty tough to sneak away (at the junior level specifically).
Let's say you land 1st round interviews at legitimate funds....you are going to have multiple interviews where your investment style/fit for that firms' culture is vetted. You can only make up the "sick/doctor" excuse once or twice before your group catches on.
So more fundamentally - my life would be SO MUCH easier if I could say to my seniors:
"I have been working here for x months/years/whatever, and I respect the hell out of your group, but this is not the right fit for me. I have always had a passion for investing [or whatever your true passion is] and at the end of the day I'd like to work as hard as I can at what makes me truly happy. I'd like to start interviewing for these job opportunities. At the same time I will absolutely 100% make sure this does not affect my day-to-day responsibilities with my job here. I wanted to let you know this as I feel being honest and upfront with the people I respect & work with is the best thing to do in this situation."
Here's the fundamental problem: how can you tell if your Seniors would be receptive to this strategy (rather than having to interview behind their back)? I would also like to do this as I am an honest person. At the end of the day, I'm going to do whatever it takes to do what I'm passionate about, but I'd like to do this in an honest manner. No one likes to feel like they've been duped & I know this is exactly how they'd feel. At the same time, they hold all the cards, and if I tell them I'd like to leave, no matter how nice my Seniors are, they could feel offended & I could easily be out the door the next day.
Any help here, or stories you can draw upon from friends/colleagues who were in similar situations and didn't know how to feel out the situation (whether your group is extremely nice & polite like mine or the opposite) would be much appreciated. Thank you for you help.