I'm at a bit of a crossroads. My long-term goal is to work my way up at a top-tier PERE50 firm (something along the lines of Carlyle, Starwood, or Brookfield) and am wondering which of these 2 offers would give me the best prospect at breaking in.
Option 1 is to take a position as an Investment Sales analyst at a top brokerage in my market (think Eastdil, JLL, etc.) and use the position to learn the market, build my network, and get deal exposure.
Option 2 is to take a position as an acquisitions analyst at a small PERE firm that has had some good past performance and growing its AUM pretty quickly. Hopeful the company's track record continues, and I get to work with a tight-knit group and get some underwriting experience in the process.
I am attracted to option 1 because of the deal exposure and networking opportunities, but option 2 is closer in line with the work I am trying to do in the long-term.
Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks