I'll try to keep this as brief as possible: I've been an analyst at a PE fund-of-funds for the last ~1.5 years. I'm finally at the point where I'm burned out - the work is extremely dull/monotonous, the pay is awful, the work/life isn't much better than banking (seriously), and the exit opps are not good.
I really, really want to make it to a decent lower-MM PE fund but it just doesn't seem like the move is possible. Headhunters haven't been helpful, applying to the one-off postings have been unsuccessful, and networking always seems to go well but ultimately ends with the advice that I should go into banking and try again.
I have two interviews lined up with small, regional boutique banks but the idea of going there and starting over as an analyst again is pretty unsettling, but I feel like it's really the only option.
Curious if anyone has been in a similar position and made it to where they wanted to go? Steps you took?
Any kind of guidance is appreciated here.