I am currently a PhD student in Finance, I specialise in time-series modelling, enjoy learning about stocks and shares and my research is going well, but for some (perhaps strange) reason, I do not want to immediately proceed with an academic career. My challenge is an academic career may be easier for me to go with.
I have two previous degrees, a bachelors and masters both in Financial Economics and in both I received the highest possible grades.
Now here the perhaps expected part, I have no work experience, during my PhD I have been a teacher in statistics classes and also a research assistant.
Apart from this, during my degrees, I had part-time jobs that do not even warrant a mention on my CV.
What would be the best approach to try and secure a position in industry. I would be interested in asset allocation, data scientist roles (with at least a hint of finance) or something similar.
The other big issue is salary, how could I command a salary comparable to what academia could off (around £40,000 outside London).
Additions from the comments:
The reason I would like to leave academia is that one day I would like to grow to a salary that pays better than a Professor.