In late spring/early summer I signed a PE gig for Summer 2014. I'm trying to stay on top of things though and "get smarter" before I start. I feel pretty confident in my modeling skills, but one thing I've heard from the people that work at the firm I'm going to is that you can really separate yourself by "thinking like an investor" from day one.
I know this is a real general question, but are there daily/weekly resources you in PE read to stay up on general sector trends (other than the WSJ/Economist/etc, as those are obviously helpful) to better understand trends in the marketplace? I'd love to start getting in a habit of reading certain sites/reports now so that I can talk about trends in certain industries, what industries are hot, etc. by the time I walk in next summer.
The grind of being an Analyst has given me such a micro-view, toiling away on my particular companies for 80-110 hours, that I know I need to re-focus on the big picture. Thanks.