MO BB Associate Struggle to FO
Hope you are all safe and healthy through these trying times. I am a MO Operations (Trade Support) Associatebank in NYC. I am in dire need of some advice. I really want to be in a Sales/Trading role, it's been my passion since I was in middle school and I know it's my calling in life. I have listed a short summary of my journey for context.
- 2017 - Interned with a FX broker on their Sales desk, and received a full time offer a few months later. Unfortunately all interns were let go 2 weeks before my graduation date because of illegal wrong doings by senior management, it was a very unfortunate situation for many of us .
- 2017 - Managed to land a temp role with my current bank and busted my butt until they gave me a full time role with Operations (2018).
- 2017 - Beg of 2020 - As I worked to become full time I networked with the desk aggressively and landed 1 or 2 interviews but nothing stuck (mostly because they were looking for temps to fill assistant roles). I talk with the Heads of the desk all the time and I keep getting the same response, "We are looking out for you but there are no seats at this time but you are first on the list"
- End of 2020 - Started to study for CFA and also bought 2 investment properties to flip. Studying for my CFA has been difficult between working and managing the flips.
- 2021 - I was offered 2 interviews by 3rd party headhunters at 2 of the largest Hedge Funds in the US, both of which are operational roles. I turned one down and pending an interview with the 2nd one. I am thinking about turning it down as well.
What are your thoughts? Should I take the operations role with the? I feel like I will be stuck in Operations my whole life and in addition connection i've made at my current bank. My biggest fear is time in this case, I am 26 and the desk looks to only want younger grads out of an Ivy league (I went to a reputable NY City School). Should I continue to work at my CFA and see where that takes me (Ill be 28 by completion). I don't want to go back to school because of debt, a MBA at Columbia will run you 230k. I've also tried to apply to other junior sales/ roles at other smaller banks, I am struggling to get a reply no matter the strategy. i.g. contacting recruiter via LinkedIn.
Also, you may ask why I bought 2 investment props last year. I have a very aggressive and entrepreneurial background (especially since I grew up fairly poor). I like to have back up plans in case my career doesn't work out as planned, I wanted to try home flipping.