What's up guys... glad to have finally joined SF after many years of lurking.. Of all the fashion forums on the web, SF seems the most appropriate to ask for some first hand advice on working in the world of finance. In a few months I will have to make the decision to start my career as a buy or sell side analyst. I have done much research, and have asked many of my mentors, yet they all seem to have different opinions on which direction is best for me.
A concern of mine regarding the sell side is that it seems many equities are picked with bias. As someone who loves to invest with conviction and short companies I feel that the sell side would be a little restrictive.
On the other hand, I hear that the buy side oftentimes simply uses the sell side research. I really enjoy picking apart companies and am not sure if this is as big of a portion of a buy side career. Additionally, I know the hours are much better on the buy side, but it seems the exit opportunities on the sell side are much better. But, I guess if one ends up a rockstar on the buy side there would be no reason to ever leave...
Thanks in advance for your help... looking forward to contributing to the classic menswear section once I'm suited up on a daily basis.