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Any recommended pathways for someone that aspires to become a Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager?

Thank you comment icon According to indeed.com, here are the best steps to take to become a hedge fund manager. Interestingly enough -- these are the same next steps you should do in almost any career path! -Conduct extensive industry research. -Receive the necessary education. -Network with other hedge fund professionals. -Gain a professional career in finance. -Participate in an internship. -Search for hedge fund manager positions. -Apply for hedge fund manager jobs. Teresa Heinrich

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David’s Answer

Good hedge fund managers understand economics, accounting and politics after you master the finance. I would add to that a good understanding of machine learning.
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Justin’s Answer

3 things you can do! For reference, I worked at Goldman Sachs and then joined Citadel, a top hedge fund.

1/ Read, read, read. Warren Buffett was rumored to read 1,000 pages a day, about the economy, about companies, about industries.
2/ Invest! Even if it’s just $100. Do your research, write down why you like a stock, why you don’t like a stock, and start. There is no better teacher than failure.
3/ Start working for a finance firm. Typically, folks get an internship at an asset management firm, and then investment banking, and then they get opportunities to apply to hedge funds. Persistence is key!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. The first thing is you have to start your job working in the relevant sector of financial industry first.
In the college, I would recommend you could choose the relevant major and minor, eg Finance, Economic, Accounting, Business, etc.
During your summer vacation, you can look for intern opportunities with the prestige Financial Institutions or Hedge Fund companies. They may post the openings on the job portal or you can also consider to proactively send an email to their HR to look for opportunities.
On the other hand, you can plan to work on relevant professional qualifications, eg CFA, FRM, etc
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Elena’s Answer

I would add that you should find yourself a mentor. Someone who is in the industry and may be able to guide you in your career path. Your mentor can help direct you to resources, provide different perspectives and help you identify gaps or weaknesses in a plan. You will also learn what not to do from your mentor. Good luck!
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Ryan’s Answer

Absolutely find a mentor; that's great advice; the "street" is full of different pathways. You want to choose a university that has a strong recruiting line into the wall street banks. Starting off with a business school major either accounting or finance and to also supplement that with a minor in another area (i.e. sciences) to help set yourself apart. Work to gain an internship that leads into a junior analyst program. The banks have designed these programs to help grow a skill set that includes model building and deep company analysis. Hedge Funds tend to poach analyst who standout with successful and differentiated stock calls. This is no easy task and the best of luck!
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