I have worked in Compliance now for about four years in banking. This is, I love maths and I love analysis and I really want to move into research, for that reason - buy-side. There just aren’t many opportunities for that kind of work in Compliance. While it is a great sector, and I have actually done rather well in it, it doesn’t suit my working style, and I don’t love it.
I’m no stranger to financial services, having worked with it for some time (central compliance - surveillance and monitoring/thematic reviews) but to boost my skills and knowledge I have, like many, begun the CFA. I have to say, so far I love it - it is exactly the sort of thing I like doing and the sort of thought processes I wish were involved in my job every day.
I have seen a fairly healthy number of would-be equity analysts posting here and there, but what I have not really seen dealt with, is research as a side-step. What is my “way in”? There is no investment research at my current bank, so no one to talk to here.
Assistant jobs really are booking meeting rooms and cars, associate jobs want “solid financial modelling skills” (will be doing that after CFA I!). Is there an in-between? What should I be looking for?
Thanks, really look forward to your thoughts