Structuring vs Operations to become a Portfolio Manager
I am a graduate with the CFA level 1 and one year experience as an assistant portfolio manager and my long term goal is to become a portfolio manager. Ideally, I would like to find another position as an assistant portfolio manager or as a portfolio analyst, but there are not much offers for those roles.
I currently have two job offers:
- An off-cycle internship as a Junior Structurer in structured credit at a European bank (top 10) which is a very versatile role with a great component of financial and statistical analysis
- A permanent position at a small Hedge Fund in Trades Operations (with a much better compensation)
I am hesitating because trades operations experience is demanded in all the job descriptions for assistant portfolio manager / portfolio analyst roles, but in the other hand, the structurer role is pure front with a lot of analysis and the bank is more prestigious (in my opinion).
What do you think is the best move according to my long term goal?
Thank you very much!