1.5-2 yrs IBD vs. PE Analyst after 1 year IBD
Currently, contemplating whether I should leave IB atLondon after 1 year and join a PE fund for an Analyst role or whether I should stay the usual 1.5-2 years before making the move.
Already know that I won't stay in IB for the long term and eventually want to move into PE, so generally happy to leave after 1 year but just afraid that not doing 1.5-2 years at GS will close some doors.
Got an offer to join as PE Analyst at a decent fund (~$7bn AUM), with a seemingly good culture, good track record and a sector focus that interests me (software & tech). Would be an Analyst for 2 years to learn all the skills needed (i.e. execution and modelling, sourcing, DD etc.), before either becoming Associate or leaving the fund to do something else (they gave me that option).
From a contingency planning point, I just want to make sure that I still have many exit ops, should I decide to leave after 2 years. Comps is secondary for me.