I'm looking for advice to help me choose between two courses of action to try to break into PE.
-Undergrad: 4.0 in Liberal Arts major at non-target school
-GMAT: 730 (first time with no prep courses- I could bring it up if I had to)
-No consulting contacts at all, but networked my way into consulting firm in DC (think Booz/Deloitte/Accenture)
-Accepted to T40 b-school for class of '14 with half scholarship (only applied to one school- didn't really know what I wanted to do until this Spring)
-Non-native speaker of Mandarin; studied abroad in China
Just figured out I want to do PE, then read a post on WSO saying that Vets should try to network into PE or IB at the analyst level, then go MBA later. I've already given notice to my current firm that I'm leaving in the fall. Should I try to network like crazy between now and the fall with the goal of getting into PE or IB at the analyst level and only go to b-school if that fails, or is the b-school route better?
Thanks for any insight.