I am a top student at a target school (HYP) hoping to graduate summa cum laude. I signed an offer with a tier 2 consulting firm (OW/S&/) doing PE work, mainly due diligence and growth strategy, for next year and want to know how I can position myself to get a job at a MM or MF PE shop.
I know the transition is difficult, but I want to start reaching out to the necessary headhunters upon starting next summer and networking to make the jump. Do you have any advice? Do I need to go to B-School before lateraling? If I change directly, should I try and make the switch early (within 6-months to try and get an Analyst position (even in a role designed for college seniors))? Should I explore moving as an experiencedand then trying? What would happen if I continued recruiting with PE firms this year even if I already signed my offer?