If you were thinking of starting in the industry now, what would you need to know or do?
To start with, in terms of getting a job in the industry, I would make a conscious effort to talk to both the recruiters as well as the PE firms directly. Use your existing network to find a connection who can make a friendly introduction for you.
"In terms of getting a job in the industry, I would make a conscious effort to talk to both the recruiters as well as the PE firms directly."
The other advice I would give is that once you are in the industry, ensure that you find a style of ‘self-promotion’ that you are comfortable with and that works for you. Most industry sectors are highly competitive, so it’s critical that you recognise the importance of sharing your successes with others in your team, and your senior partners.
Also, there are some great networks to connect into to help support women and diversity in the industry – I would encourage people to participate in those groups and meet other people. Two of the more prominent groups are the Ladies in Leverage network for advisors as well as PE and VC practitioners, and the Women in PE and VC network, which is a small but growing group of women in the industry who meet and share experiences regularly.
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