So I recently moved to the US (about 4 months ago) and got a job at a relatively big REIT as an analyst. No legit reason for why i joined the company except the fact it was the first job to come by, and i had continuously heard stories of people not being able to find anything for months (both on this forum and from friends) and didn’t wanna end up that way. If i didn’t take this one, it would be even harder for me to get another job considering I had no american experience or education. I knew i got extremely lucky and didnt wanna give this up.
The problem is I don’t wanan be stuck in real estate long term. Another problem is i dont know what i wanna go into. Back in Pakistan, the financial services industry wasn’t nearly as developed as it is here. So it was easy to just hop from one segment of the industry to another, without having much experience in that segement as long as you had a basic idea of what you were doing and had the basic financial concepts down. Obviously thats not the case here. Each segment of the industry (such as equity or FI) is big enough and unique enough that its kinda hard to switch around too much. So questions:
How long do i have before i get the “REIT” tag??
Any websites, articles, nething that would help me gain a better, more detailed understanding of each of the segments so I can figure out what exactly it is that i’m interested in and see myself doing… I remember someone had mentioned Vault here. Any other ones??
And how hard do you guys think it’ll be for me to switch over from a REIT to an investment management company? And what would help me to make that switch?
Any suggestions/help will be appreciated!!!