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What are the steps needed to break into private equity without a finance background?

Investing has always been a part of my life whether it be real-estate-investing or stocks-investing . I went to college for engineering but will soon be attending a top ranked MBA program. I was hoping to learn a little bit more of how people break into the PE field.

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Daniel’s Answer

PE firms hire software people, so if your engineering background is e.g. EE, CompE, or something that taught you programming, that's one option. Note if you do that, it might not scratch enough of your investing itch, depending on how big the place is.

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W Elliot’s Answer

As you start your MBA program, you will want to focus on working with career advisors at the school and networking with former students who work in the field. You may be able to create a target list of private equity firms and start to connect with anyone from your undergraduate school or MBA program. I know more people that transitioned into PE firms after working in investment banking or asset management. These individual developed specific industry expertise (health care sector, energy sector, etc.) that helped them make the move. PE firms are all organized differently but some focus on specific sectors.
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Ashwin’s Answer

Private Equity firms generally hire for lower and middle management roles from top-ranked Business schools. PE firms also hire laterally, generally looking at people who have worked in top management Consulting firms or Investment Banks. Certification programs like CFA ( 3 Levels) help in pushing your case in front of PE firms .