Hi all prospective monkeys! Hope you are doing well! I am feeling lost in my career path and confuse of what should i do next. Any input will be appreciated!
I am from Hong Kong, just finished the first year of study in the top 3 local university (i don't think there's anything like target school in HK, but there're quite a few openings here and there) with a major in Economics and Finance. Have been doing quite well and attained a pretty decent GPA, think ~3.7, while also trying to network with alumni / industrial experts by cold mailing or so. I believe I am competent and competitive at least among the same age group.
I have found my interest in the market, mainly in love with its fast paced nature and the adrenaline rush while trading. The performance-related comp is also one of the incentive as well. After knowing more about different position, I feel like I prefer to have more freedom on investing so ultimately I have the preference as follows.
Hedge Fund PM = Prop Trader > some kind of Asset Management > Market Making (BB Trading)
I fully understand the difficulty of breaking in and no one can be a Hedge Fund PM right out of college. What I meant is that I would love to be a PM/ Prop trader as an ultimate aim for my career.
So now..... Here comes the questions
- I am actually considering having my career in US / UK given that the current situation of HK. (pls refer to those reddit front page post for whats happening) For those people who has been working in US/UK, would you give me some insight on what should I consider while choosing on where to develop my career and what are the fundamental differences between the two, lets say NY and London (i know there are many financial hubs apart from the two, but just keep it simple for now)
- Back here in HK, it is common to have a semester exchange in the penultimate year. I am thinking (hoping) to go the Ivies / G5 (choices below) and network as hard as I can while exchange. Obviously, Wharton is a great choice but the quota is very very limited, not sure if I can get there. What will be the best alternative for that?
Choices available: Wharton, NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, Warwick Business School
- As I have mentioned, I am aiming for either PM/Prop Trade. So now I am having an internship which is not market-related. What internship should I be applying for next summer? Is MM Trading's skillset useful? or relevant? What about Asset Management? Or just whatever trading / market related stuff will do. Should I not care too much about the skillset but learn as much as possible (as broad as possible).
- Last question, is it possible to break into the Finance in either US/UK as an outsider? not a perm resident for both country
Woah, can't believe I have written that long. For who have read the whole post, I would like to thank you for your time. And once again, any inputs will be appreciated. Sorry for the poor English....