Background: I've worked the past two years since college in industry, and would love to ultimately get into a (non-megafund) private equity firm focused on that industry.
College: Texas A&M, which is non-target but the network within Texas is unbelievable.
Non-NYC, but still in a massive city.
Obviously two years as an IBD analyst is by far the most common way, but what other options are there?
MBA > PE?
MBA > Management consulting > PE?
MSF + something > PE?
Very bluntly, I don't want to work 100 hours per week for two years as an analyst. Is that truly the only way?
I understand that because it's the most common path, those would be the people you're up against, but surely industry knowledge and finance classes in the form of one of those degrees could offset that, no?
Have searched a few different ways of phrasing this and haven't found too terribly much.
Thanks in advance guys, tear me apart.