How long to stay in valuation?

Hey everyone.

A little bit of background: I studied accounting in college (non-target). Didn't want to go the typical audit/tax route so took a role as a valuation analyst at one of the top Val shops (Think D&P, HL, etc) around the Western US.

I do enjoy the job. My colleagues are smart and motivated, and the comp isn't bad for someone who grew up middle class. However, I think the work itself could get repetitive after a while and I would like to join a boutique investment bank sooner rather than later in my career. Should I start seeking opportunities after my first year in valuation, or would it be wise to wait longer? People seem to leave for investment banking pretty often, and it seems like 2 years is the most common stint.

Thanks in advance!

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Apr 8, 2021 - 1:50pm

I stayed for 9 months in valuations, I think it just depends on how eager you are. 

Apr 8, 2021 - 4:04pm
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