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Should I pursue MBA if I already have MBB & PE experience? Current MBB and heading into large-cap PE this year, always fancied a MBA experience as a kid but increasingly uncertain about its value-add in terms of learning / personal development

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Here's one way to look at it... At the most senior levels in PE (MD/Partner), the ultimate driver of success is how many deals you bring and how well they perform. You can argue that an MBA from an elite school creates a larger network to draw deals and management teams from. Anecdotally, I work at a large PE firm and I've noticed the share of partners with MBAs is much grater than the share of VPs with MBAs. That could mean MBAs have a higher chance of making it up to the top. Finally, an MBA is a pretty unique life experience. 400+ like minded people from all over the country and world locked in a socially and intellectually stimulating environment. Life is short and that experience is pretty unique. It's like a socially accepted 2-year sabbatical. He, it's expensive in terms of tuition, living costs and missed income, but it you stay in PE you will recoup that money fairly quickly.

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Thanks ^ ^

I’m about to head to MBA from LMM PE and an otherwise unimpressive background. For me, it was important to improve my pedigree and have access to senior associate roles. Obviously there is some direct hiring, but pretty tough to make happen if you aren’t an associate at somewhere well known (I think).

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Thanks! This gives me hope😄

Some PE associate roles are only two years. May make sense at that point. Also have seen people go to B-School for better PE opps. But if you like your fund and able to move up don’t see a need

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Ask if your PE firm sponsors. I have seen a mixed bag. Also check back at the MBB for sponsorship. That said, usually see it as good maturity for associates

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Keen to understand the perspective of those who took MBA post PE associate program

Which pe large cap areyou going to

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