I know the majority of people would say to try and start in capital markets at a brokerage such as JLL/CBRE/HFF/CW/NKF or come in as an analyst on the investment sales teams because the group may be exposed to lots of deal flow.
However, I know PGIM and Lasalle Investment Management have 3 year programs for new hires that usually end up also doing a Masters in Real Estate and have great exit opportunities. I feel like these type of roles would be the most ideal place to start besides somewhere like Eastdil Secured to get exposure and good experience if you eventually wanted to end up in Acquisitions or REPE.
My question is, does any one know of other firms that have this type of "analyst program" where analysts can come in for a couple of years and get lots of exposure to this type of work?
Are most people able to transition well into acquisitions from debt capital markets at brokerages?
Also, recommendations for firms based out of LA to transition into acquisitions.