MBB consultants, how frequently do you get hit up by PE/VC head hunters? Is it useless to reach out to recruiting firms like Glocap as a Non-MBB consultant?

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Recruiters hit up Bain very regularly for PE positions

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Pretty much not really... Isn't much room for vc unless you're an investor/partner yourself

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They look for quantitative financial modeling skills for their investment teams so investment bankers have a large leg up over consultants. Larger firms that have operation teams are more willing to hire MBB consultants. There's a big dropoff once you hit non-MBB but you never know so couldn't hurt to try.

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I think the skillsets for VC fits better than PE for consultants, the associate/analyst positions are just rarer overall. Generally though hard work and analytical abilities are valued and working in consulting shows that. The skills just aren't a perfect transfer so you'd have to show your interest in it or why you can do it better than others with more directly transferable experience.

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I find VC work more interesting than PE, but im not interested in the top heavy nature of the VC. If it came up I would give it a shot. But i think in order to satisfy my want to really make an impact or call the shots I'd rather spend the effort on being an entrepreneur.

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Pretty much associates at any of these lucrative firms don't really have much power to impact the firms. And sure money flows around them, and they get some of it. But you'd have a lot more of both if you just started a startup yourself.

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@D1 still doesn't sound nearly as shitty as consulting

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I completely agree regarding the work. Although I was reply to D1's comment about not having a huge impact on the firm at the junior level in VC. We have basically no impact on our company in consulting and half the time we charge our clients more than we offer in benefits. I feel like VC cannot possibly be less rewarding.

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D2 I get that, but OP asked me if I was going to try to apply to one. I would if I didn't already plan on starting a startup.

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Plus starting even a semi-successful startup begins to put you in touch with VCs and shows that you have directly transferable skills.

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Non-MBB consultant with offer to well-known PE fund on investment team as an associate. If you're a couple years out as an undergrad hire, it can definitely be done with strong quantitative roles on projects and a generally compelling resume. Don't give up and be ready to hit the pavement with headhunters / cold emailing.

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D1, are you going to try?

I'm going to aggressively start applying after September this year

Yes that is true. I'm having a difficult time translating my consulting experience into a PE/VC friendly format. Obviously the recruiting channels are quite different so I'm focused on making two resumes, one for PE highlighting any financial modeling skills, and one for VC highlighting product management projects. It's a long shot but worth the try

I'm planning to use B-School to make a transition to a startup or VC.

@D1 understood. I wasn't trying to antagonize just wanted to make sure we were on the same page. Good luck!

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PE firms love to hire MBB consultants to run companies they own. I work for a PE owned firm and we have three MBBers in the C suite.

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