I think that the established route to the buyside out of undergrad is pretty clear - IB analyst for 2 years and you will be strongly considered by many top firms.
What about for a top tier MBA student without previous banking, ER, or buyside experience? Is investment banking still the best path to the buyside? Specifically, to get into a value oriented hedge fund? If not, what is?
I think that the vast majority of people who successfully land PE and HF jobs directly out of business school have pre-mba finance experience.
Thanks for your opinions.