I am currently a second year master student. Recently, I received an offer from EY-Parthenon to work with them after graduation. Currently I'm interested in Private Equity firm as a potential exit. However, I do realized the spots for PE are quite competitive and normally ex-MBB are having the top priority. On the other hand, my application didn't went well for MBB (Rejected during the final round with Mckinsey, no interview invitation from the others).
So far I noticed there are 3 potential scenario to pursue to land a PE firm offer.
1. Lateral move to MBB then switch to PE after several years
2. Pursuing MBA after several years with Parthenon, then move to PE
3. Try to apply to PE directly after several years with Parthenon
Of course things could change during my first couple of years with the firm, but assuming my desire for Private Equity remained the same, I would love to know which is a better option to pursue a megafund private equity firm? Also, I'm aware that Parthenon is doing a huge amount of business DD, but so far it's quite hard to find people who made the switch from Parthenon to megafund PE