How can I get a career in a private equity or venture capital without a background in mathematics or finance?

Prepwise AnswersCategory: Finance CareersHow can I get a career in a private equity or venture capital without a background in mathematics or finance?
Career Dev Staff Staff asked 7 years ago
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Greston Wise Staff answered 6 years ago
  • After 2-3 years at a top investment bank or management consulting firm (common)
  • After a successful career as an executive or entrepreneur (somewhat common)

Most private equity associates come from investment banking backgrounds, typically moving from IB to PE at the end of their 2 – year analyst program. It is relatively uncommon to hear of someone entering PE straight out of undergrad, and even more rare to enter VC without prior banking or tech experience.

Greston Wise Staff answered 6 years ago

Most private equity associates come from investment banking backgrounds, typically moving from International Baccalaureate to PE at the end of their 2 – year analyst program. It is relatively uncommon to hear of someone entering Private Equity straight out of undergrad, and even more rare to enter Venture Capital without prior banking or tech experience.