How to break into financial analyst industry
Hi everyone, I would greatly appreciate your input.
Background: Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics in May 2018, CFA Level III in 2020. No prior internship or work experience as financial analyst or in finance at all.
Current position: entry-level data analyst for a small software firm.
I have been job hunting for a while and so far I have only had one interview for a financial analyst role(no offer at the end). I didn’t hear back from any other positions I applied whatsoever. I now realize I was too naive to think that passing CFA Level 2 would easily help me land a entry-level financial analyst job, because it is still extremely difficult given that I have no internship or any other work experience in this field. Also I am in the Bay area so it’s more competitive here. I just want to know besides building network, what other possible ways are there to improve my resume for financial analysis and hopefully break into this industry at the end. Are there any projects that I can do on my own time to boost my financial portfolio? Like for CS there are all kinds of projects and competitions like Heckathon and alike. What about for financial analyst? Thank you in advance for advices you will be giving, and all the best to everyone here!
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