Smoothest Path to MF PE? (besides BB/EB)
From these options, which starting FT job would give someone the smoothest path to MF/UMM PE?
Top Middle-Market firms (/HW/ ): Tried-and-true path into MM PE... Could possibly grind to get a UMM offer? Possible to take MM and then jump to MF?
Lesser known, up-and-coming "elite" boutiques (Dyal, Robey Warshaw, LionTree): Would probably need to network a ton, but could experience on a few massive deals or exposure to rainmaker seniors help?
Non-M&A, secondary/EB (Private capital advisory/private funds/secondary at a BB/EB): I assume these roles allow you to work closely with PE firms, but do these guys ever get investing, non-fundraising roles at big PE firms?
Thanks for any insight.