Not sure if this is the proper place to post but I am looking for any advice. I graduated from a top university in May 2004 with an accounting degree. I am currently working in Chicago as an analyst with a large financial firm but I'm on the individual investor side. I would like to be on the institutional side but not sure how to get there. I know getting an MBA from a top notch school would be the easiest route but the best schools want 5 yrs. of working experience. I am not completely sure what I want to do but I know that I don't want to be on the individual investor side of anything! Part of me wants to trade but I know this is somewhat unrealistic. I was more thinking of going into real estate investing or research (and get my CFA-- which I would like the company to pay for). Where would be a good firm to start? I feel my current firm is too big and I'm lost in the woods-- not to mention that I'm in the bs side of the firm. Thanks for all your help.