I currently work at a large independent RIA and am headed to one of the M7 MBA programs that places well in finance this fall. My current role is largely client service, though I do manage a ~$400m equity strategy for some of our clients (pretty plain vanilla benchmark hugging with overweight to mega cap growth, I.e. not a lot of deep analysis involved that makes me feel like I'm equipped for a buy side role).
The MBA program I'm headed to has all the big long-only shops recruiting on campus, though I understand it takes a lot of hustle to land one of those roles given shrinking businesses, low turnover, etc.
In an ideal world, I'd love to pivot into an equity analyst role at one of those shops, and am mainly wondering how feasible this would be given that I have no pre-MBA background on the buy side or in? I'm planning on cranking through modeling, analyzing businesses, etc. for the months before I get to school so I can show up ready to participate in pitch competitions and the like, but am just not sure if I'm wasting my time? If I put in the work, is it feasible to land a role at a LO firm despite not having a background as an analyst? Or am I at a huge disadvantage to those that have relevant backgrounds already given how few spots are available?
FWIW I plan on trying to do some in-semester internships with smaller buy side firms to get experience, but that might not happen before recruiting rolls around.
If this is a completely unrealistic goal I guess I'd probably just recruit for IB since I'm confident I'd land at a good firm. Just know I can't really recruit for both and would rather spend my energy working towards LO AM if it's possible.