I'm an incoming FT analyst at a top Independent advisory/EB in London. I come from a non-target school and a consulting background. As a result, I feel I may be at a slight disadvantage compared to other analysts who have interned at my firm before. I am also interested in moving to PE ASAP and would like to prepare as much as I can for PE recruiting while I'm still at University. Please bare in mind I have already read "15 things I wish I knew as a first year banking analyst", which covers some aspects of my questions. However, I'm looking for more advice.
Given my brief background description:
1) What should I do to prepare for my analyst stint while at University? My aim is to pick up as many "practical" skills for the day to day job as possible. Examples include modelling, pitchbook creation, excel and ppt. skills, formatting and other important tasks analysts are responsible for. The more suggestions the better!
2) I understand that as a first year analyst I'll have very little time to prepare for. While I have substantially more free time in University, how can I anticipate preparation for PE interviews/ what should I do? Are there any particular guides you would recommend?
3) I often hear that to be prepared for PE interviews it's important to "think like an investor". Can anyone shed light on what this means in more practical terms and what steps should be taken to do so?
Thanks in advance for any input, I appreciate it!