The PathMatch Guide to

Private Equity

A Day in the Life

Private equity refers to the investment in public and non-public companies or physical assets. Private equity firms raise capital from outside investors, ranging from insurance funds to high-net-worth individuals, to buy and sell these companies and assets.

Essentially, professionals that work at a private equity firm spend most of their time determining whether an investment opportunity is a good one. Therefore, some of their daily tasks include analyzing a company’s market position, historical performance, industry trends, and other due diligence. Overall, private equity professionals work to determine how to improve a company in order to maximize the profit earned through its sale.

Work Responsibilities

Skills You'll Need

  • Proficiency in Excel 
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of LBO Modeling and Financial Modeling 
  • Strong valuation skills 
  • Exceptional communication, networking, and interpersonal skills 
  • Identifying trends and fluctuations within the financial markets

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

Here are a few real-word examples of jobs and people working in this industry right now.

Example Jobs

Real World Professionals

Growth Path

  1. Analyst
  2. $150K-$400K
  3. VP
  4. Director / Principal / Partner
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Demand for Talent

  • Demand for private equity professionals is always fairly high, as there are a lot of different industries within private equity that talented individuals can work in 
  • Private equity firms also look to recruit strong talent from investment banks, so there are a lot of job openings for professionals already working with the financial services industry

Compensation

$100K-$150K
Analyst
Associate / Sr. Associate
$150K-$400K
$350K-$500K
VP
$500K-$800K+
Director / Principal / Partner

Teams You'll Work With

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Work/Life Balance Score

Work/life balance is when someone equally prioritizes their career and their personal life. This balance can vary greatly from one career to the next.

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Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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