I have finally registered! I am still learning a ton about the industry so forgive my lack of proficiency with terminology and how the industry works. I have searched the existing forum threads and have been unable to get a clear vision of a path to success in this business. I need your help!
I am soon to graduate with a bachelors in finance. I have been interviewing with EJ, AXA, NWM, and a top local office that uses AXA.
My goal is to become independent within 10 -15 years. I have looked up in the "book of lists" the top 25 indy investment advisors in my area and have gone to their websites to research how they got to where they are. I have only been able to collect very little information on where they were before now and how they got to where they are.
Please help! I don't want to limit my opportunities by making a poor choice about where to begin my career. There was a great thread on this forum about the divisions of the industry. (Indy, Regional, Wirehouse, Insurance)
I have heard people speak very highly of beginning at EJ for training then moving to another B/D. However, I understand that EJ keeps a tight fist around the FA's BOB to make it very difficult to take with you when moving to another B/D?
Others have said that if you can make it in an insurance firm like AXA or NWM you can make it anywhere. But I don't get the feeling the training/mentoring is as good as EJ or a top local office?
I haven't even looked very hard at wirehouses because I was dissuaded from looking at them early-on. Good advice?
What have you all found as a "proven" path to independent success? What phases of career development are there? What are the best places to accelerate that development? Is there even such a path? I know there are plenty of schools of thought on this but I really need your perspective on this. Please help!