Q&A - Post-MBA VP
Hello Monkeys - I've been active on the site for around 8 years but decided that the time has finally come to give back! Making a new username to preserve anonymity...
My dad worked in a small business when I was growing up so I was always interested in "business" in a vague sense. I was the nerdy kid growing up and was planning to get a PhD in math or economics. I went to a semi-target undergrad and heard about banking as a way to learn a lot about business at a young age with no experience. Did my summer internship and then 2 years as an Analyst at an EB. Made the transition to a middle market PE fund (think $1B - $5B fund size) and spent a few years there as an Associate. Loved PE but decided for personal reasons (i.e., my girlfriend) to go to B school (HSW). Will be graduating shortly and joining a different MM fund ( $1B - $5B fund size) as a VP. Hope that helps provide context on where I'm coming from.
Anyways, I guess you can say that the combination of Zoom B school courses and social distancing have me yearning for human interaction so I've finally decided to answer some WSO questions...
Happy to share my opinion on topics such as PE recruiting, how to stand out as an Associate, B school, post MBA recruiting, making the jump to VP, how to stay intellectually curious / intellectually honest in the industry, etc. I'm not qualified on most other topics but can weigh in nonetheless. I'll do my best to respond to everything.