Any advice on making the switch to M&A/TAS?

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Honestly the only good advice is the market right now sucks so take what you can.


Overall M&A activity decreased in 2022 compared to 2021, mostly as a result of macro issues including geopolitical tension. It's still a bit rocky, so keep that in mind.


I'd advise you to proceed with extreme caution. Without a specialized experience in finance or after a demotion, starting over as an analyst, it might be challenging to progress into pre-deal or deal M&A teams. As a result, the M&A I&A team (integrations and separations, transactions after signing) is often where the logical fit is.

M&A is surrounded by a lot of hype and glamour, and I admit that I was drawn in. Don't get me wrong, the pace of the work is really thrilling and, I can only assume, becomes addicting, but the actual content of the job is quite dull in comparison to problem-solving in tech consulting.


Where you located, I can refer you

I’m on the west coast but don’t mind relocating.

Where are you looking to join? The numbers are a bit slow this year but we're hoping that things would look up throughout the next year.

I don’t mind relocating — but would prefer the west coast.

Are you planning to? Which region are you located? I was hesitant about the switch last year because the market is declining. Although I can see that it is still very active but the switch will kind of a risky move.

I really want to make the switch — enjoyed finance in undergrad. Currently enrolled in Wall Street Prep — I’m on the west coast.

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