Buyside -> Sellside? Is leaving a REPE Analyst gig for IS/DSF silly
Just as the title states. Tell me I'm dumb for thinking that leaving my REPE analyst job () to go to a top IS or DSF group is a good idea.
My current role is cool- bosses are great, hours are chill and the pay is ok for the market (primary city on west coast). The work isn't very stimulating and I'm concerned I'm nearing my learning ceiling as an analyst with my particular group.
I feel that my skillset/personality isn't best suited for AM. I've always thought of myself as a deal guy and I would love to be in a position where I get to see transactions and communicate with clients. I've interned with a DSF group and in acquisitions and I think those types of roles in the industry suit me better.
Eastdil and HFF/JLL are the top of the stack in my market and I was thinking it would be great to see some serious deal flow and really hone in on my underwriting skills to eventually add some serious value to a principal shop (like the one I'm currently at) in the future. Is this crazy? I could always lateral to acquisitions straight off the bat, maybe I'm crazy but I get caught up in the allure of working on the sell-side (cool transactions, big bonuses, potentially better exit ops).
Not the first time this topic has been brought up but as a 22 year old (10 months out of school), I'm still figuring things out.
Thank you for reading.