I am at a PE start-up firm and I have some questions about my next step and more longterm career opportunities.
I graduated from a top school in May with a pretty decent GPA and had an offer from a boutique bank in equity sales that ended up going under and firing half the desk so I lost the offer. I found my current position shortly after. I am now at a PE start up (less than a year up and running) that specialized in late-stage, pre-IPO private companies and does proprietary research on these companies (which we sell) and also organizes funds to act as investment vehicles into shares of the companies (raise capital as well as source shares from employees, early investors, VCs etc...) I started here as an intern (I really wanted something while I was looking for another job so my resume didn't look empty) and after about a week they said they really like me and gave me an offer. It is a little bit lower paying than a comparable position but I really liked the office and felt like there could be potential for a big upside if we do very well. Long story short, I have been here 2 months now and I am not particularly happy. The office is really disorganized and most of the office work falls on me - I am a glorified receptionist. I don't mind working hard, late hours etc.. but I don't want to miss out on valuable training time because I am ordering business cards and on the phone with the IT guy for 2 hours. I feel like I am not getting the experience that I need for the long run of my career. I also feel like the management has no intention of fixing this and the longer this continues the more reason it gives them to not promote me or to move me to admin permanently (I also fear this because this happened to a coworker of mine who had been with the company from the beginning and just left a few weeks ago. We met that weekend and he explained the situation in more detail).
So I was hoping some more experienced PE guys could give me some advice on learning all I can while I'm here, things I can do outside of work to get the experience I feel I'm lacking (research, professional certifications etc...) and other positions/firms that might be a good next step for me.
Sorry for the long-winded explanation. Thanks