I have a serious question about how to position myself and interview for a back/middle/office/operations (whatever you want to call it) role at anfirm. I spent a on the buy-side for a similar asset manager. Didn't receive an offer, and have had trouble finding other work in "high-finance". Graduation is fast approaching and I need to find work. I am very happy accepting a job that others would consider a sizable step down from what I did in the summer.
I am having trouble overcoming this very apparent reality, and telling a good story as to why I once, summered in front office, failed to make it FT in front office, and so I am "settling" for operations. This position deals with trade execution, portfolio rebalances, custom trades for clients, etc. There is little overlap with what I did, other than the fact that they are both in the same industry ( ).
I wanted to know if anyone else has made the jump from "front" to "back" office and/or have dealt with a similar situation. I genuinely would be happy taking this position and grinding it out for a couple years while doing my CFA. Do you guys have any suggestions on how I should frame my answer when asked "Why do you want to join this group? I'd really appreciate any input.
Thanks in advance.