Crowdsourcing My Career Path

I would love to hear about peoples jobs that aren't the typical ones people talk about on this site. As with a lot of people in my shoes right now, I am feeling lost in what I want to do next or for my career. I am an second year analyst at a top M&A shop CVP/EVR, but don't really care to continue down the "prestigious path" and haven't participated in PE recruiting. I'd say that I am pretty open to possibilities and would love to hear about people's different jobs. I would appreciate it if people can offer their perspective in some of these "path less taken" careers.

Main things I want is:

-More flexibility w/ hours/WFH/vacation

-Possibility to live outside the main finance hubs

Things I've looked into but would like to learn more about:

-Secondaries Investing

-Family Offices

-Co-Invest Funds

-GP Stakes

-Endowments/Pension Funds

Most Helpful

Give me a PM and we can set up a call to talk about it. Did IB -> Family Office. 

Two things I would advise:

  1. Really should just call people at the different end destinations and that will help you understand the differences. This forum just won't be thorugh enough and people don't know what they are talking about. I think people will talk to you given your background and anyone with IB experience can empathize with the decision you are facing.
  2. Family offices are very odd. Ultimately it is the PM's world and you are living in it. This creates extreme variance where some are shops with wealthy people with no clue what they are doing who also are abusive and others are shops where you can get close exposure to brilliant senior leadership. Even large ones have smaller teams and very different investment horizons than traditional funds. This is a mixed bag of less deal flow (you aren't mandated to deploy capital, so you are more choosey) and generally you get exposure to broader asset classes and longer horizon strategy. It depends what you are going for and what your goals are. Comp also is highly variable.

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