Overly cautious networking?
Before I begin I'll give a brief background of myself; non target grad entering the second year of his role in Credit Risk. I want to make the move to Equity Research and have been sourcing a contact list over the past couple months to reach out to as well researching the role. Before I contact anyone for a sit down I want to be sure that I'm 100% prepared. I aim to purchase BIWS modelling prep next month and I've been reading research reports as I go along. Ideally I want to have written my first research report by the end of the year. I'm also in the midst of reading James Valentine. However I have two questions for the learned folks of WSO:
1. Do I need to know my stuff 100% before I begin reach out to have coffee etc with people?
2. What is the best source of information for learning about equity valuation? I've seen previous posts link to thetext and Damodarn Investment Valuation.
I intend to sit my CFA level 1 in june 2015, would like to have established some good links before then. Am I going about this all in the wrong way? Tell me your thoughts WSO!
Thanks as ever.
(Also please excuse any formatting issues I'm posting this from my phone)