PE Analyst Exits -- MBA vs HF vs PE Associate?
Incoming FT analyst at/ /OAK/GA/TPG/Ares/WP. I plan on doing 2 years as an analyst, and then going to 1 of 3 paths: in no particular order, 1. MBA, 2. , 3. Stay as an associate and start partner track.
As far as the MBA goes, I would probably only consider HBS, so if I don't get in obviously that's not going to be an option. As far as HFs, I am mainly interested in L/S, would like to work at a $10bn+ manager, and would prefer east coast. As far as staying in PE, I know that the early years are tough, but if I really enjoy my time as an analyst I could see myself staying. Long term goal right now is HF though.
How hard would it be to get into HBS as a MFPE analyst (2 years experience under belt) -- is that doable? Would I have better HF prospects if I went the MBA route, or will the MFPE analyst role provide the same, if not better, HF exits? I saw a juicy list of funds that recruit at HBS on their website -- does anyone have a list of top funds that have taken PE analysts, not associates? Thanks in advance