MM IB Associate - Common Exit Opps?

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Oct 12, 2017

Seen people go to better banks, solid corp dev and to a lesser extent, smaller PE/VC who aren't super structured.

This is for A-A promotes - not sure MM banks do a lot of MBA hiring

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Feb 20, 2018

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Oct 12, 2017

I left IB after two years in MM IB. Most associates at my bank stayed on to become VPs (the associate role is, after all, intended as a long-term career choice). Those who did not enjoy IB left for everything from something investment related, to investor relations, to corp dev, to FoF. I never saw any PE exits. If you are a post-MBA associate, you should have a relatively easy time getting manager roles in corp dev.

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Oct 13, 2017

Think IR is an open door for an Analyst from MM? or mostly research guys?

Oct 13, 2017

You can definitely get it as an IB analyst. The only thing is the pay is going to be significantly lower than what you're used to as a second-year.

Feb 20, 2018

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Oct 17, 2017

You have the experience so if you can network properly, you can really exit into anything that you want....

I came from a MM/LMM background and cast a wide net when looking for exit ops. Got interviews lateraling to better MMs, offer to jump to ER Associate at GS/JPM level bank, corporate planning/strategy interviews with solid companies, and two interviews with PE (one was a respectable MM and the other was a smaller family office).

I think that people on WSO sometimes overestimate how many skilled and trained associates are out on the job market at any given time for a sector. If you're good at what you do and have solid experience, you really shouldn't sweat it so much. You're going to find something good.

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Feb 20, 2018

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