I have just started as an Advisory (consulting) Associate in a Big 4 firm in Ireland (age 23). A bit of background on me: I completed an undergrad in Ireland followed by a Masters in Accounting (both in top Irish universities but nothing too recognisable worldwide) I am studying for the accounting ACA qualification which I will get at the end of 2017 (assuming I pass). I am also considering going for the CFA, starting with level 1 when I get my ACA.
I have an interest in PE and I guess I'm just looking for some advice as to what I should do with myself now that will make me more employable in that field down the line. I am aware that an MBA is needed but what else should I focus on over the next few years of my career.
I know PE firms usually hire investment bankers but the market in Ireland seems less competitive than the US, however it is also much smaller with less opportunities.
I could try get a bit of work in corporate finance through my Big 4 role at the moment.
I guess I'm just looking for any advice in this area as I am just starting out.