Engineering --> Accounting Firm --> Analyst Job ?
I am another one of those that thinks finance career is more interesting and better suited to me than engineering eight years into an engineering job. I have been reading investment related books in the last year or two and I simply enjoy the material and think working in investment/finance area suits me better. I have been reading various routes people who have been in my shoes have taken and wanted to see if you agree with what I have found and answer some questions I have.
My financial/family situation simply doesn’t allow quitting my full-time job and doing an expensive MBA or other finance/math degree. There is a part-time MBA program available in my city but school doesn’t have much of a reputation.
Some people have suggested taking basic level CFA exams, which I will do although I read getting a job after CFA is not easy either.
I have started to apply for some entry level jobs in equity/investment analysis although my chances are next to nothing without financial or accounting experience.
Do you think a part-time accounting diploma/certificate will be of any use to help me get a job an analyst?
Recently I also found a job position in an fairly big accounting firm for which I have some relevant skills. They help their engineering clients claim R&D tax credit and have a position where they value engineering degree and experience. Do you think a position like this will give me some accounting knowledge which I can then later put on my resume to get an analyst job? If this is not much of use and will make me look like someone doesn’t know what to do with career when I apply for an analyst job, I can stick with the CFA option and in parallel try my luck at applying for analyst jobs.
I would appreciate some guidance.
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