Hi gents, First time poster here on style forum, long time poster on Superfuture as djrajio. Seems like a number of individuals on this board are more in line w/ my career aspirations and in general could provide me some advice seeing that there are a number of post-MBA bankers and finance guys. Currently I'm finishing my second year at a bulge bracket IB in Tokyo after graduating w/ a B.S. in computer science from a ivy-university. I've recently been promoted to associate level and currently work on the fixed-income research department as an analytics/strategy analyst working w/ the quants and economic strategists to develop/code pricing models too complex to do via VBA excel, etc. So far the experience has been extremely valuable given I had no prior IB experience before I started but I don't see myself working in this capacity for another couple years and am looking to switch. Recently I've gotten extremely interested in switching to venture capital and/or private equity but I realize most of these firms want guys w/ investment banking divison experience particularly on the company valuation end / deal making end. I taken the time to self study the main concepts, such as the McKinsey bible: Valuation: Measuring And Managing The Value Of Companies but I lack real world experience in the field. Also, I'd like to continue working in Tokyo seeing the explosion of foreign investment coming into Asia in the last number of years and know that future growth will be driven by Asia but to what capacity and from which players I'm not entirely certain. Would anyone have any advice or leads for someone like me? I guess my main issues are weather I should try looking to switch back in America such as the silicon valley or nyc where the main players are located (Carlyle, Blackstone, Silverlake, etc)? One sticking point I've had is that Tokyo is seen as a secondary market and most career advancement opportunities come from those that work in NYC. Do you think for a long term perspective, it would be better for me to move to NYC or London where the markets are more mature and I'm closer to top management? I've also been studying Japanese for some time, to the point where I'm business level proficient and I'm worried returning back to the states provide me less opportunities to improve. Furthermore, how should I market myself? I know it will be much more difficult for me considering that I'm not from an IBD department. Should I try looking into MBA now instead of doing 2-3 more years? I've also passed CFA level 1 and planning on taking level 2 in June but from the advice of my collegues, CFA really isnt that useful nowadays given the competitiveness of the industry and the growing sophistication of field. Should I continue w/ the CFA program? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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7/15/07 at 2:24pm