I'm currently an associate with a boutique strategy consulting firm that specializes in market due diligence, serving primarily mid-market PE shops. I have been with the firm for about 1.5 years after graduating with a Bachelors degree in finance from a non-target (Miami of Ohio).
I took the job mainly for mentorship and a shot at breaking into PE from a non-target school. Since I have deal experience, and really good excel/powerpoint skills, along with mastery of company and industry research, do I have a chance? 95% of the projects I've been on are buy-side diligence.
I'm worried about my lack of modeling skills being an issue moving forward. I have produced market models, but I'm not typically doing LBOs, DCFs, etc.
My boss is extremely well-networked in the mid-market (former banker). Do you think I will need to work as a banker before PE for the modeling skills? Would it make sense to do an analyst program now? I'm positive I can get interviews.
Or should I work another 1-2 years as an m&a consultant and then try and break into PE pre MBA.
I'm open to any advice or suggestions.