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Differentiating onself as a private equity associate?

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Hi All,

I am a private equity associate finishing up my first year at a middle market (<$5Bn AUM) fund after spending two years at a bulge bracket investment bank. I am planning on applying to MBA a schools this upcoming cycle with the goal of returning to private equity. I'm only interested in the top 5 or so schools (and really focused on HSW) but it seems like I'm in an incredibly competitive pool of applicants and there seems to be a lot of randomness with admissions, especially at the schools I'm focused on. How can I stand apart from the 1000s of other PE associates out there? My stats are competitve -- 3.8 GPA, 770 GMAT, top 20 (non-ivy school) with some generic extra curricular activities / leadership roles.

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Hi fakaymba, this is a great question. Yes, it is a competitive pool and I can see why you want want to be selective in your school choice. A top 5 school is definitely possible for you, you have great stats. What you need to do is show them what defines you -- what are those personal circumstances, motivations, and influences that make you who you are. Sounds cheesy :-) but no one else will have the same stories. Now is the time to dig deep and show them you're not just smart and successful but you're an interesting person and a self-aware leader. I would also mostly focus on things outside of who you are professionally to differentiate yourself (unless there are work accomplishments that are less common). Also, you said it yourself with "generic" activities, so that should be a focus area. Can you amp up your involvement? Take on a bigger or new role? Start something new? Finally, I would focus on school research and networking -- visit, talk to students/alums, really get to know each school. In doing so, you'll gain a better sense of the unique contribution you could make to each program.

Good luck!
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Hi All,

I am a private equity associate finishing up my first year at a middle market (<$5Bn AUM) fund after spending two years at a bulge bracket investment bank. I am planning on applying to MBA a schools this upcoming cycle with the goal of returning to private equity. I'm only interested in the top 5 or so schools (and really focused on HSW) but it seems like I'm in an incredibly competitive pool of applicants and there seems to be a lot of randomness with admissions, especially at the schools I'm focused on. How can I stand apart from the 1000s of other PE associates out there? My stats are competitve -- 3.8 GPA, 770 GMAT, top 20 (non-ivy school) with some generic extra curricular activities / leadership roles.

Thanks!

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