Long time lurker here and have learnt a tremendous amount from everyone, but would really appreciate some personal advice with what direction I should head in. Thanks heaps in advance.
Background: Have been in tech consulting a couple of years, enjoying it, and looking to make the smartest move from here. I have an undergrad in SWE and finance, and am trying to decide whether I make the switch and try my hand at finance.
Interests: Unfortunately, I have a genuine interest in both tech and finance, and so going with what I enjoy leaves me in the same spot.
Options: My primary question is whether it is worth the risk to shoot for a role in PE. The plan would be to try land a role in IB, or Big 4 corporate finance and then into IB, and then PE. My main concern is whether it's worth dedicating 4-5 years to try get in, when the odds look pretty strongly against me. GPA is strong and I think I'd have a shot but I'm most conscious of the fact that I've taken a non-traditional background, would be coming up to 30 years old by the time I interview for PE and would be competing against 23 year old guys who did a quick finance degree and went straight into IB. Combined with the fact that there's only a handful of PE analyst jobs in NZ, I imagine it would be pretty impossible, unless I went overseas, which I could do however I would like to have my long-term career in NZ.
If PE didn't work out I could transition into corp dev/ corp fin/ public fin, but I might not find it as interesting and might shift into corp strat or shift back into tech. Would be hard to do anything heavily technical for the tech so would probably shoot for product management.
Alternatively, I could stay in tech which would mean doing some more tech consulting, potentially going for something technical in data science/ai/ robotics, product management and/or trying to start my own thing. I expect staying in tech for these next few years would put me in a much better position for tech entrepreneurship and management compared to trying out finance and then switching back. Although, having a finance background can still quite helpful when you become more senior in any corporate role.
Summary: Staying in tech would be safe and give me a lot of options, with some reasonable earning potential. Trying to land a PE gig would take a lot of investment, which would be epic if I can pull it off, but might be a bit of a waste if I can't (which is the more likely situation). So, is trying for PE worth it, or are the chances just too slim?
If you made it to here, cheers for reading, would love some input, and hope you're all doing well during these globally difficult times.