Recently graduated from the better LA school with a degree in real estate development. Worked at a very small and very new private equity real estate shop, primarily getting experience in the entire acquisitions deal flow - research, underwriting, cold calling, broker relationship etc. Wanted to focus more on the financial side so I started looking for something else. Had no prior interest in IB or going to a legit PE RE shop but sent in my resume for two off-cycle openings, got two "superdays" (4-7 30min in-persons) after a couple rounds of phone calls. One was a boutique IB and the other a decent sized PE RE shop. Didn't get either and I felt that lack of experience was the main reason. Regardless, I ended up in a RE advisory role and now I am wondering what I should do/focus on to get those positions that I missed.
Current plan is to stay here for at least a year, get some modeling experience, then see whats out there. Is there anything else that might be helpful? Looking into the SIE exam and the Financial Modeling. How do I make myself a better candidate ?