First post, and a burner account for obvious reasons. I discovered this website recently, and I am shocked at the amount of information and help young professionals can gain here. However, I noticed that there is little info from older members. I hope that I can offer some helpful and unique insight.
Here's a bit about me: I am in my 50s and semi-retired (high school econ and math teacher). My career was pretty similar to the "typical" IB --> PE path, with a few deviations. I did my three years at a bulge bracket bank. Following that, I went to get my MBA. I landed a spot in a PE fund (1-5B AUM) and rode that all the way to a partner position at that firm. When I was in my early 40s, I opened my own PE shop (250-500 AUM) with a a few of my coworkers. I stuck with that until I was in my 50s, and now I do what I love: teach high schoolers at the school I went to as a kid.
All questions are cool with me, and I'll try to answer them all quickly. I know this is very corny, but there are no stupid questions. I'm used to that, I teach high school . I hope you find this helpful!