Engineering to Private Equity

Hi all,

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!

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Oct 7, 2021 - 2:25pm

You should consider a full time T10 MBA.

Working in CD should help though if you don't get one and want to try and just switch to PE.ย 

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Oct 7, 2021 - 8:34pm

Thanks Isaiah!

You should consider a full time T10 MBA.

I am in Australia and although I would love to, that is probably not feasible. MBAs don't hold much weight here so I opted for a Masters of Finance. How hard do you think it is to do CD>PE without IB in between?

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