(Original post by chiefster)
Long time lurker on this site, first time posting...would love to hear people's opinions on my career prospects
My situation is as follows...
I graduated from Queen's Belfast with a first in Finance. At the time I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise and took the first job I got, a middle office position in an asset management company. After a year there, I developed an interest in portfolio management and decided to do CFA level 1 which I passed.
I then decided to put the "career" to one side and went travelling for a year in Austrlia. I am returning to Ireland this summer and desperately want to break into equity research and portfolio management.
So, my options are either to try and get a middle/back office job and do the CFA level 2 whilst trying to get a place on the grad programmes for equity research...
I am also considering a number of Masters programs, however, realistically I can only afford programs that will cost no more than £10,000 - £14,000. I have been looking at the following programs...
1) Trinity - MSc Finance
2) UCD - MSc Finance
3) Stirling - MSc Investment Analysis
4) Aston - MSc Investment Analysis
5) Strathclyde - MSc Investment and Finance/MSc Finance
6) Durham - MSc Investment and Finance/MSc Finance
7) Bath - Any of the Financial based Masters
8) Nottingham - MSc Finance and Investment
9) Leeds - MSc Finance and Investment
10) Lancaster - MSc Finance/MSc Financial Analysis
So...firstly, should I go down the CFA route or Masters? Which route offers me best chance of getting a job in equity research?
Secondly, if I go for a masters, will any of the mentioned business schools give me a good shot at getting on to a graduate programme?
I realise they do not offer any of the recruitment benefits of the pretigious schools, but I really can't afford those schools and want to limit expense as much as possible.
Basically, is the benefit of these masters worth the cost and if so...which give me the best shot at getting on to a equity research grad programme?
I should also mention that whilst I have no "relevant" experience I do have a passion for investment and value investing in particular.
Sorry for the long post but I would love to hear people's opinions on my best option which will give me the best shot at breaking in.
Thanks and look forward to hearing the replies...