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I am currently a VP at a relatively small PE firm, targeting the likes of HSW for admission.

I understand that by far the most common path is IB 2 years -> PE Pre-MBA Associate 2 years -> MBA. I was wondering if anyone could share some insights on how a VP from a smaller PE firm would be perceived by adcoms? I have ~4 years of total work experience, and because my firm is small, I was made to be VP even though from my understanding the VP title is typically for after a few years of post-MBA PE experience.

Do you guys think the VP title may help, showing that my firm gives me a lot of responsibility, or that it may throw off adcoms, and/or make them think my PE firm must be really small to give me a VP title? FYI, my total compensation is I would say a bit less than that of a mega fund PE pre-MBA associate.
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The WE part does not concern me...you are clearly killing it, just need to demonstrate leadership, teamwork, problem solving in recs, CV, app boxes. But the Why MBA if VP does. What's the incentive? Why do you need that seat?

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I am currently a VP at a relatively small PE firm, targeting the likes of HSW for admission.

I understand that by far the most common path is IB 2 years -> PE Pre-MBA Associate 2 years -> MBA. I was wondering if anyone could share some insights on how a VP from a smaller PE firm would be perceived by adcoms? I have ~4 years of total work experience, and because my firm is small, I was made to be VP even though from my understanding the VP title is typically for after a few years of post-MBA PE experience.

Do you guys think the VP title may help, showing that my firm gives me a lot of responsibility, or that it may throw off adcoms, and/or make them think my PE firm must be really small to give me a VP title? FYI, my total compensation is I would say a bit less than that of a mega fund PE pre-MBA associate.


Hey crazi4ib,

Thanks for posting! I do think that schools will be able to put 2 and 2 together and see that while you are at a small firm and progressing well (presumably ahead of your peers), your salary and years of work experience will put you on the level of a pre-MBA associate. What's more important here is articulating your goals post-MBA and convincing admissions why you want to leave a PE firm where your managers think very highly of you and your responsibilities mirror those of a VP. The presitge of the firm does matter too and if your fund is raising new money, closing on deals, and expanding headcount, it will bode much better than if it were sitting on capital with nowhere to invest. On the application, schools will often ask the revenue or size of your firm and can make determinations based on these metrics.

I'm guessing your goal is to try and make your way to a mega fund? Do your responsibilites mirror those of a megafund VP or are they closer to a pre-MBA associate? Also, have you taken the GMAT yet?

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crazi4ib wrote:
I am currently a VP at a relatively small PE firm, targeting the likes of HSW for admission.

I understand that by far the most common path is IB 2 years -> PE Pre-MBA Associate 2 years -> MBA. I was wondering if anyone could share some insights on how a VP from a smaller PE firm would be perceived by adcoms? I have ~4 years of total work experience, and because my firm is small, I was made to be VP even though from my understanding the VP title is typically for after a few years of post-MBA PE experience.

Do you guys think the VP title may help, showing that my firm gives me a lot of responsibility, or that it may throw off adcoms, and/or make them think my PE firm must be really small to give me a VP title? FYI, my total compensation is I would say a bit less than that of a mega fund PE pre-MBA associate.


Hey crazi4ib,

Thanks for posting! I do think that schools will be able to put 2 and 2 together and see that while you are at a small firm and progressing well (presumably ahead of your peers), your salary and years of work experience will put you on the level of a pre-MBA associate. What's more important here is articulating your goals post-MBA and convincing admissions why you want to leave a PE firm where your managers think very highly of you and your responsibilities mirror those of a VP. The presitge of the firm does matter too and if your fund is raising new money, closing on deals, and expanding headcount, it will bode much better than if it were sitting on capital with nowhere to invest. On the application, schools will often ask the revenue or size of your firm and can make determinations based on these metrics.

I'm guessing your goal is to try and make your way to a mega fund? Do your responsibilites mirror those of a megafund VP or are they closer to a pre-MBA associate? Also, have you taken the GMAT yet?

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