As a student pursuing private equity at Booth, I could not imagine a better education and introduction to this hard-to-enter industry than the PE/VC lab class at Booth. The depth and detail in which we have explored every aspect of PE has been invaluable to my future career and how I think about investment opportunities. I sat down to discuss the growth of private equity at Chicago Booth with adjunct professor Chris McGowan, who is a 23-year PE industry veteran and also a faculty advisor and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
One of my favorite posters on Booth’s campus says: “50 years ago, we revolutionized finance. Now we’re on to marketing.” In applying to Booth, I had heard that “data-driven marketing” was a growing trend and that the Booth curriculum would prepare me for this new world of marketing. However, I wondered, do real companies really follow a data-centered approach to marketing? Can I be a good marketer without running crazy algorithmic models? Will Booth really prepare me for this changing world?
The answer to all of these questions: absolutely yes.
But I Thought I Was Going to be a Portfolio Manager: Becoming a Successful Career Switcher in Business School
One of the biggest pros to coming to business school is the opportunity, so rarely found in “real life,” to break into fields that are difficult to enter from another industry or function area. The degree is a reset button for those of us who’ve decided that what we’ve been doing isn’t, well, doing it for us.
Congratulations everyone who were admitted to Chicago Booth in Round One! This post continues my story about how Booth helped me switch careers from finance to technology.
Before business school, I was working at Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking division. The world of banking helped me understand how big corporates do business and gave me an opportunity to meet senior management of some of the biggest companies in the world. It was a dynamic and financially rewarding job. However, having fallen in love with technology during my undergrad, I missed being involved in the next wave of technology products. While I was busy clocking 80-100 hours every week in my banking job, the world of technology was becoming more exciting with each passing day. I couldn’t stay away any longer and decided to switch careers to technology. Continue reading Switching things up, Part I: From I-Banking to Tech