I had an interesting conversation with a recruiter a few weeks ago about how many new college grads / those in their 20s in RE industry are "acquisitions or go home" in their career search. He felt this thought process is naive because he sees many successful principals that have both Asset Management & Acquisitions experience and it truly makes for a better investor (i.e. can underwrite to realistic levels because you have been apart of CapEx projects, TIs, or whatever it may be). For example, at Hines analysts have a hand in both acquisitions and asset management (please correct me if I am wrong).
Now, agree with it or not, I wanted to get a conversation going on how popular acquisitions is and how there is a stigma around asset management in real estate.