So I graduated in May and am currently working for a very active corp M&A team (Company: ~3B, ~6 acquisitions in previous 2 years, some deals in excess of $100M). The experience is great (team of 5 so I'm very involved in the deal processes, we look at ~5/month and proceed to diligence on ~1-2 deals) but the pay isn't quite up to my liking. My goal is to get into PE within the next few years...
That being said, here is my question: Would I have a better chance of breaking into PE from a shit-tier IB (assuming I transition within the next few months) or remaining in corp M&A for the next few years... Or should I just hold out until this fall and hope to swoop on aoffer, which if possible is obv the best option in my opinion. Basically I want to know if PE would value my experience in corp M&A more than a shitty regional IB, that way I can justify the low pay to myself. Or am i just fucked either way.