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Hey guys! Im currently an incoming associate consultant at Bain & Company and my goal is join private equity down the line. Would you guys recommend that I get an MBA (hopefully sponsored) or try to jump straight into industry?

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No your chances are really high and honestly WAY better without an MBA. Bain regularly feeds to a number of great PE firms after AC2 or SAC year at the Associate level. When you go to business school, it’s hard to match those exit opps into PE for a number of reasons - and even if you do, it’ll be at the same Associate level. You’re better off getting investing experience before school. Just be ready to recruit a few months after starting if you want to leave for an Associate role after AC2 - or at the end of AC1 year for a post-SAC exit.

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Go straight. Incredibly difficult to get into PE after an MBA (and if sponsored you have stay at Bain anyways). Your best bet will be - as mentioned above - after AC2 / SAC year

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