PE profile review - What are my chances?

Wanted to get some insight on what would be possible/likely in terms of placing in PE given my career and education thus far.
Here's a breakdown:

Current Analyst at a top energy IB group in Houston

Numerous $1B+ deal experiences

Semi-Target (GPA right around the cutoff 3.5-3.6 due to difficult major and unforeseen family events during UG)

I'm not really enticed by MF PE nor do I think I really fit the bill. I am interested primarily in UMM PE outside of Houston (and NYC). Also looking for a more generalist type fund with Industrials exposure (as it seems most relative to what I know now).
Any Associate or Analyst with offer want to provide input on my odds of UMM PE outside of Houston/Energy? Would I be better off lateraling to a different city/group and recruiting from there?


I mean, I’m not trying to dox myself. I am more so asking if off of these disclosed metrics would I get looks from UMM PE firms? I have headhunters reaching out often but I am a bit worried that if I respond I could blow my chances of placing into my desired range. I am curious to know if anyone checks these boxes in one way or another and has been successful.

I would say I interview well, I know how to work through a paper LBO, 3-statement LBO, etc. I know my deals cold and have practiced quite a few cases. I think I could convert if I got out in front of a couple UMM PE firms. More so trying to see if I would even get in that position to begin with or if I should look to get into a different group and bank


How have the interviews gone? Do you seem to be getting equal looks as your peers?

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Some of my peers have been pretty set on dipping for a while due to hours/wanting out of energy, so they are more open to opportunities and have been doing well in their processes. I haven’t been actively looking for an exit, but HH outreach has been consistent over the past year and if I see an opportunity I’m interested in I’ll engage. Received one MM offer but declined for comp related reasons.

I think if you narrow down what type of opportunities you’re looking for and you are in a reputable energy group, you’ll be good. Definitely opps outside of Houston though.


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