Work on Strengths or Weaknesses in your 20s?

I'm currently in IB working hard but seem to be a very average analyst (25 y/o). I'm naturally a sales guy. Should I keep grinding at the analysts skills so later I can be a double edged sword?

My end goal is to own my own business, but I think PE would be a good step after IB. Should I go into a more business development role or Analyst role? (Pros/Cons)

Is there a good middle ground?
PERE where it's less difficult modeling and more person facing? Other Sales role?

I plan on entering Entrepreneurship in 5 years…

Comments (6)

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Jul 28, 2022 - 1:11am

Go into sales dude. There's a reason lebron plays basketball instead of golf.

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  • VP in PE - LBOs
Jul 29, 2022 - 1:01am

If you can land on growth equity fund, i think that will be a good start to learn and actually see how some startups are run… and also good place to build your own seed capital.

Having strong sales skill is great trait. Not many people have it, but it shines when you become more senior and stronger like you said if you truly know and understand what you are selling vs some make up bs try to keep the balance btwn sales and your critical thinking

I guess BD or IR could be good fit given your strong suite in sales but if you are determined to start your own business but afraid to start now then the best place to learn is again from growth funds or even MM PE. In those places you will see many private companies from investor angle.. and that experience could help you think from investor's perspective if you start your business and want to raise capital down the road.

Jul 29, 2022 - 2:20am
Chimp_chump, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How's the technical/ analyst/associate work side of things at a growth fund or MM PE compared to Banking?

Is it a lot harder? If so how?

I wouldn't even say banking is that hard from a technical point of view just so much stuff going on and keeping track of everything in the mix of the technical work.

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Jul 29, 2022 - 7:48am

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