Please HELP! In need of career orientation advice

ImadEddine's picture
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Good evening WSO community,
Let me tell you the story behind the object of this forum topic.
I graduated high school (Mathematics Major) during the start of the 2008 financial crisis, which undeniably had its impact concerning the academic path I chose to follow.
After an undergrad in management in Morocco (where I was born and raised), I went to France to attend a master in Corporate Finance. I went back to Morocco and worked at BNP Paribas for almost a year before coming to the US in 2016 for a master in Financial Markets & Investments.
I accepted the first job offer after graduating (I was under time pressure as I was under OPT status for a year with a student visa) at Credit Suisse. A 6 month contract as an Operation Banking Analyst in Corporate Actions that turned into a full time employee contract for 46K a year. Despite the low salary, this experience made me grow in so many ways, one of which is I do not feel entitled anymore. I used to feel that I deserve more than others, used to do the bare minimum and expect the most rewards or the highest salary just because I attended the best business school in Morocco and graduated from a French business school.
I fluently speak and write French, English, and Arabic. I am currently learning Spanish and studying to pass the first level of CFA (June 2019 Exam).

However, I have no idea what my next move should be. I would be happy to hear your recommendations.
Thank you for taking the time to read me.

Comments (4)

Dec 17, 2018

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GunningForPortfolioManager

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Dec 17, 2018

I am not really sure, I think I missed the my chance to work as an investment banker, the whole recruitment process is based on internships and graduate programs. I am not sure to have the temperament and the right personality (I am a bit introvert) or the network to work in front office or face clients.
I would like to do something related to rates/fixed income.

Dec 17, 2018

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GunningForPortfolioManager

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Jan 2, 2019