Have you jumped straight into the buy-side out of undergrad? Is it as impossible as people say it is? I am currently a senior doing a fall internship at a small family office in NYC that does a bunch of different stuff: incubation, short funds, quantitative finance, etc.
At first I wanted to do Investment Banking, because I thought that is the only real way into the buy side. It's what everybody does. However, talking to some people and to my boss, I realize this is not true. My boss even said that people from the sell side have a flight stigma attached to them and that he does not like their mentality. I also stumbled upon a throwback from WSO, talking about the benefits of going straight to the buy-side.
Do you think my boss is right? What do you guys think about the typical career path from sell-side analyst, to buy-side? Is this what you are pursuing? Do you IB analysts enjoy your work, or do you wish you had just started off at a HF, AM, or PE firm?
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