I am a Ph.D. candidate at Caltech (California Institute of Technology).
My Ph.D. is in life sciences so while I am competent in mathematics (800 in simple standardized "quantitative" tests) and coding, those are not my strongest skills (especially compared to mathematics, physics and some engineering Ph.D.'s)
After examining many different career paths of my peers with similar backgrounds as well as different backgrounds, I have decided that PE and VC seem absolutely the most interesting.
Since I come from a very non-traditional background and possibly a non-target school, what are some things I can do to increase my chances of getting into a PE firm?
Networking and increasing my knowledge in business are the only ways, as far as I can tell, which will significantly increase my chances.
For networking, I've heard of a number of smaller hedge funds and private equity shops in Los Angeles so I am planning to network with various firms and individuals in the area.
But besides doing the above, what are some other good ways to increase my chances?
Second question is how would my chances at getting a job in a PE firm compare to some other careers in finance, such as hedge fund, investment banking, different equity research roles, or even non-finance like management consulting (MBB)?
McKinsey and BCG in particular recruit my school's Ph.D.s but the chance of getting an offer is obviously quite low (estimated anywhere between 2-4 per year)
Thank you very much for your help.