I'm a newly minted 30 year old looking for advice on whether it would be possible to get into private equity with a rather unique background.
I've got a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master's in Engineering Management from an Ivy League school. My experience includes 3 years as a software engineer with Bloomberg, a year working in an aerospace startup in India, and 3 years co founding an Architectural Engineering business in Dubai which was eventually taken over.
I'm looking to get into PE cause my last stint setting up a company got me heavily interested in the business side of the world, especially the whole idea of investing in businesses and restructuring them (which is kind of what happened to my company, albeit at a smaller level).
PE seems like something I would genuinely enjoy doing, but I don't see a clear path to it. I figure my best bet at this time would be to try to get into a top MBA program, and then follow the IB Associate -> PE route. But I don't know how feasible that is given that I'd be applying to enter an MBA at 31, and be looking at Associate positions in IB at 33 with no direct finance background.
What are the chances that I can successfully follow this path given my current age / responsibility levels (I'm looking to tie the knot in a year or two)? What are the chances of a successful entry into IB with my kind of background, even with an MBA? And even if I do get in, is it really worth going through the IB grind just to get to PE (I heard that very few people actually make the transition and I honestly don't envision a long term career in IB).
The other option is I try to break into a venture capital firm, and then try to move into growth funds and PE, but I don't even know if that is feasible.
Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.