i have a bit of a situation here. i interned withover the summer and got an offer. i loved the experience, but i eventually want to do PE. from reading these forums, it seems is the way to get into PE. i've applied to some BBs for FT ( , ms, leh, , and ) and i've also applied to a few PE firms that recruit at the school (top IVY), incl. .
i am a theoretical math major with a good gpa and a couple of econ/finance classes under the belt. i have a higher gpa within the major. i have a few leadership positions on campus and have extensive research experience in math and some in econ. i don't really have any "connections" on the street, didn't really get a chance to network with finance professionals during my internship. did meet some top execs of a f100 though (our client) and did part of a PE due diligence. don't think that counts for much.
i know i am a semi-competitive applicant and mbb isn't a bad post-college gig. mostly gunning for gs and ms here. but how do i explain my lack of finance experience to my interviewers? why the "sudden change in heart"? i had an offer at the only bb firm that i applied to, which is one of the ones i want to go to... argh. others were consulting internship offers (not to many either). but i know the FT process is more competitive and i tried reaching out to HR at thatwho told me to apply regular FT. what do i do?
is it worth going to a lower-ranked BB over MBB just for better odds at PE? how much better odds?
i know consulting and finance are quite different, so i guess you could put me in the "confused out of college" pile like a lot of my friends. haha.