VP role for PE - is it worth pursuing an MBA outside of H/S/W?
Senior Associate working at $5B+ fund. I was not accepted to H/S/W - but did get into some other M7 schools. Looking to eventually secure a VP role at a MM PE shop. Would appreciate people's thoughts on whether its worth pursuing an MBA outside of H/S/W vs. looking for other opportunities (i.e. lateraling, looking for "career track" roles that will promote without MBA). To me, both routes present challenges:
i) In talking with recruiters and other post-MBA VPs, there does seem to be a drop-off in terms of recruiting opportunities for VP roles at MBA programs outside of H/S/W (and if you look on team pages, most of the senior people have MBAs from H/S/W - although normally a few at each firm outside those 3). Worried about getting the opportunity to interview for VP roles if most firms are only recruiting out of H/S/W
ii) in talking with recruiting firms I worked with during pre-MBA PE recruiting, and looking through the barrage of emails from a bunch of other random recruiting firms, there are definitely lateral opportunities - but most of these seem like a step down. Also concerned that I could end up bouncing around from place to place, linger for additional years in Associate roles, and never break through to VP (seen this happen to a few older friends).
While this is obviously an unanswerable question (none of us have a crystal ball and depends on a myriad of other factors) would love to hear perspectives how others have approached this situation.