Engineering to Private Equity
Long time lurker first time poster. I am keen to get some advice from you guys on moving from Engineering to LMM PE. I graduated in 2018 with honors in Mechanical Engineering. I've had two years of Strategy Consulting within an engineering context and now 18 months in a Systems Engineering position at a major Defense Prime e.g. LMA/BAE/Raytheon. Over the last two years I've also been studying an MFin and will be finishing at the end of the year. I have an opportunity to move into the CD team in my firm and I expect there will be a number of transactions (both buy and sell) over the next 24 months. Ideally, I'd like to get to PE asap but realize my experience doesn't quite match yet. A few questions, would my background be of interest for the traditional IB route? Should I stay at my firm and work CD for an IB or PE exit? consider VC and transition?
Keen for your perspectives! Any insight form those who have made a similar transition would be really appreciated!