Looking to break into strategic finance
I am a soon to be second year analyst in abased on the West Coast who is interested in strategic finance roles after the end of my 2 year stint. I have a couple of questions about the recruiting process, best practices, and mobility.
What are the best skills to brush up / develop before recruiting? I assume I should work on my modeling, maybe learn SQL (seems to be mentioned a lot on LinkedIn), brush up on my deals etc. Any important tips I should remember or skills I should learn to be a more competitive candidate?
A lot of the strategic finance people I've seen on LinkedIn have stellar IB and academic backgrounds. I'm sure these are not easy roles to break into but is this exit opp. one of the harder ones to get into? I'm at a good bank but how skewed towards, , etc. are these roles?
What's the sweet spot to make the transition? Right after analyst or maybe a few years into associate? I'm seeing that a lot of people have 3-5 years of work experience before making the jump.
I am thinking of moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, so going from west coast banking to east coast Strategic Finance (I know most roles are in the bay but I want to move for personal / family reasons.) Is this feasible or is the geographic barrier going to be an issue?
Thanks a lot for the help. I really appreciate it