After looking for many hours on the RE forum here, it's become clear that the career path into real estate private equity is not structured at all like the traditional private equity path. It appears people take many different routes but are still able to end up in the space. I'm curious to hear your transition into REPE, what stepping stones you've used, what you've enjoyed, and what you might change. Hearing diverse backgrounds would help me to decide what route would be most direct into the REPE space.
For reference, I am a junior finance major 3.3 GPA at a non-target University of [State]. This spring I've doubled up on internships, one at a small REIT and another for a small VC firm. Going into summer, I've interviewed at both a property management company for a sales-based role and a large regional bank for a credit analyst role in their real estate banking department. Given the choice, which would set me up for easier future success in the REPE space, preferably in an acquisitions role? What might be the logical next step looking into internships this next fall/spring?
I would appreciate any advice and am excited to read your career paths.