Where to start lol

My first time on WSO so bear with me. Currently a junior a decent business school studying finance and marketing minoring in accounting. I know for a fact I want to go into finance and more specifically PE. I have no family in finance so everything is new to me and I'm blazing my own trial in that sense, but I am a hard worker and up for the challenge. I have a VC internship at a firm based out of London for spring 2023 semester. I've set up a ton of networking calls with anyone I can contact inside the PE world and heard a wide variety of advice. Curious on the best way to enter into the PE world and any advice y'all may have. 

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The Real Donnie Azoff, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well, given that you're new to the site I'd suggest that you search around the forum because there are many, many good threads about this topic. But in short - get the best investment banking job you can out of undergrad, and the best way to do that is to get the best investment banking internship you can this summer. 

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Fast and Fiduciary, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1. take a shot, snort some ritalin

2. do a lot of reading on private equity and learn the ins and outs. LBO firms, growth equity firms, etc. learning all the jargon can take a while.

3. you're on the right track with networking. This is not only important for getting referrals for internships and jobs, but it's also important to speak with people to learn the path they took to get where they are. Learn from them and ask them good questions, Where and when did they pursue internships, how did they know thats the field they wanted to do, did they go through an IB stint first, how did they manage recruiting, etc.

4. Decide where you want to work and what you want to do. It's important to have a "why" also. Why this position, why this firm.

5. go through the recruitment process. apply for positions, try to have your network refer you, study for interviews, learn the technicals, be likable and interesting. 

6. Receive your offer(s). if more than one, pick the one you want the most.

7. take another shot. fly to miami and go to e11even. spend your whole signing bonus.

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MDeez Nuts, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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