Hey guys , I recently graduated from a non target university with a First class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in the UK.
Throughout my course I was unsure what I wanted to pursue as a career, but during my final year , I became more convinced I wanted a career in Finance, more specially buy side (hedge funds )
The only work experience I have is a 1 year placement at P&G in product supply.
I missed the deadlines to apply for masters in finance at Target universities and instead I got an Offer to study Complex systems modelling at King'a College London ( basically maths modelling)
I looked at the course and it seems appealing, there are lots of financial modules . It is heavily quant tho.
I have also found a PWM company willing to offer me a part time internship.
I am now left with three choices :
1) I undertake this masters at KCL and work part time in the PWM boutique. When I graduate hopefully I can get a job in the buy side ( hedge fund ). My worry is that I'll be restricted to a quant role for the rest of my life. I am interested in qualitative analysis as well . Apparently this degree will help me "stand out " as lots of people have finance degrees .
2) I don't do this masters, and intern for a year at the PWM company while working on my CFA . I then apply at a target university for a Masters in Finance ( Oxford , LSE , LBS). If I network heavily meanwhile I could get an entry level job in a hedge fund after.
3) I undertake this masters and do another masters next year in finance . This would give me the best of both worlds in qualitative and quantitative. I would then get an entry level job at a hedge fund . I think this is the worst of the 3 choices. But everyone has been advising me to do this choice. They say with this I'd truly "stand out"
I appreciate any advice I can get. I am in a tough spot as I have 2 days to decide the masters offer.