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Two offers: Strategy& and another Big 4’s Investment Banking group. My goal is PE after 2-3 years. Is the strategy brand more valuable than the IB work experience?

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My perspective: IB is the natural starting point to get to PE. Now, that being said, IB at a Big 4 as opposed to a major IB house may not hold as much weight. What vertical and horizontal in Strategy& is your offer? Will you be in deals strategy or PEVC?

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Why not do deals strategy —> BB IB —> PE investing? Sometimes it may take longer but I feel most people get to where they want by pivoting and exiting at the right time

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PwC corporate finance vs Strategy& Deals, take S& hands down.

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From PwC corporate finance, you’ll have a near impossible time making the move. From S& PEVC it will be very difficult. From S& Deals Strategy it will be difficult, but definitely doable. If you aren’t from a strong target school or don’t have a stellar GPA or don’t have amazing test scores though, I wouldn’t get my hopes up

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If it’s deals strategy then take S&. If it’s The core strategy practice then the IB job is a clearer (although uncertain) path to PE.

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This is not to imply that deals is superior or more prestigious. Both are great. Advice is based on OP’s case.

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Yes it can be challenging but it is not impossible.

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If it is Deloitte Corporate Finance, take that offer vs S&.

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PwC CF isn’t S&... Deloitte CF is a good shop though

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Is it tough to change verticals when you get in at S&?

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It’s doable for sure. You just need to get to know people in the vertical you want to work in and get them to want you.

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