I was promoted to Sr. Associate at LMM PE fund that I worked at in December 2019 and then quit in March of 2020 without having another role lined up. I did a Q&A right after I accepted what at the time was my dream position as a PE Associate and I thought it might help some people to do one now to talk about what I have learned in the last 3 years and why I am leaving.
I had known for a while this role wasn't right for me but I had spent years trying to get into this seat so it took my mental health deteriorating to a pretty bad point for me to finally decide to leave the role. I was actually at a firm with relatively good work-life balance for the most part but going to any job each day that your not passionate about will eventually took its toll. Also, I have had a pretty big shift this year in what my life goals are as relates to accumulating wealth, doing something that I find meaningful and spending time with my family so it was actually not only a necessary but somewhat easy decision.
I left my job right before COVID ramped up to a global pandemic so that has hindered my search plus I took things slow for the first few weeks as I focused on improving my health so I am still trying to figure out what will be next. I am looking at a fairly wide range of paths including corporate strategy and development roles, various types of positions at startups or going back to school for my PhD in Management.
I think last time that I did a Q&A my post was way too long so I am going to keep this first post a little shorter and willing to answer questions on almost any topic so we will see where this goes.