AuthorTopic: Career advice without any experiances
@2018-09-03 06:04:44
I was stupid enough to think that passing three CFA exams with a college degree would at least get me an entry level position in financial market other than retail branches. But coming from a low tier school with no experience but cfa pass letters wont get me anything. Where do i start? I was given an advice from my colleague that i should start from teller. What do you guys think? Any advice?
@2018-09-06 14:55:36
I would look for smaller firms (<10 people), maybe a small valuation shop or something. You won't be paid a lot at first but your options will improve if you keep working hard.
@2018-10-03 06:46:08
Hey, I likely went to a smaller, lesser known school than you did and am not yet in the industry but I have to recommend that you reconsider your mentality. Ive landed a number of interviews at strong names and carried them through multiple rounds. Im not particularly talented in an interview and haven't been interesting enough to convert that final round to an offer but the point is that you should be able to get in the room.

Have you talked to career services from your school? I built a local network with small shops based on conversations with professors and career services and used those leads to speak with more people in the area. I do think a small shop isnt exactly the right idea right now. Tens of thousands of experienced folks have been losing their jobs each year since the crisis and more and more students are clogging the backlog. Its expensive for a tiny place to expand by one, especially when that person requires more training than the next guy.

I am targeting niche roles at bigger firms. Try to think about teams that are no bigger than 20-50 people but at a large bank. My professional focus has been on SQL and Data Analytics so I try to focus on data oriented roles (funny that its easier to talk your way into IT with no experience than it is to get into finance with a degree in finance and level III candidacy).

Apply for positions regardless of their experience requirements. I would generally do a form resume for these since you dont want to waste too much time on them. Also, take the CFA info off your resume for a teller job. It will only scare them away.

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