Back Office to Real Estate Front Office at a major PE shop (Carlyle, BX, KKR, etc.)

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I know there's been a lot said about this, what I wanted to get a feel for some more recent accounts people had. I'm wondering whether anyone has had any luck in transitioning from a back office role (accounting, operations, etc.) in larger PE shops into more front office roles, particularly in the real estate practices of these firms. I have a very good background for an available back office role (junior position, 1-2 years experience), but with a transition in mind later on, I'm wondering whether a lateral move like this is a good idea to begin with and if I'm better off trying to go to a smaller place to do something more relevant as an interim role (investment sales, debt/equity placement, etc.). Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Comments (4)

Sep 19, 2017


Dec 31, 2018

I am curious too. Wish I had an answer for you. Though I do see someone with relevant experience at a smaller shop made a move like this as analyst

Jan 1, 2019

For sure, a better idea to get more relevant experience at a smaller firm. Once you're back office, they'll view that as your skill set and it's harder to change that perception.

Jan 5, 2019

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