MBA student seeking your advice - How to break in to PE?O
This is another one of those - "How can I get XYZ, highly sought after job?" posts, so please bear with me and help if you can :)
I posted this a couple of days ago in the "Private Iniquity" forum and did get a few responses (thanks to all that responded, your help is appreciated). However, I am reposting this here, as it seems most of the career related "action" is here.
I will start with describing my background:
Masters in EE from a top-5 engineering school (think Georgia Tech, Michigan, Berkeley)
Six years of experience in high-tech
Second year MBA student at a top-20 school
GMAT:770 and GPA:3.8
CFA L2 candidate for June 2008
I am looking to move over to finance from tech (Yes, I know this is a major career shift) preferrably in to PE (1st choice) or IB/IM (second choice).
I am currently interning at a *small* PE shop, but it cannot be translated in to a job (because they don't usually hire MBAs). The work is not great, but I am doing it to get PE on my resume.
My questions are:
1. Given that I am pushing 30, does it make sense to go the IB to PE route?
2. Does joining an IB as an associate, at my age, the right thing to do?
3. Can I get in to a PE firm focused on tech, given my extensive background in tech?
4. How much does "progress towards CFA charter" help?
5. Do IM firms (MFs or HFs) hire people of my profile?
6. I am an international and would like to return back to my country's booming PE sector, in about 4 to 5 years. Is this something I should highlight and would it help me sell myself?
7. Do I have a realistic chance of getting a PE job post-MBA, at all?
Please provide any critique/suggestions you might have. Thanks in advance.