What do you find most fulfilling about working in PE?
The most fulfilling aspect of PE is being part of a journey with a business from acquisition to exit. You get to build strong relationships with management teams and work together to execute strategies and operational plans. It is not always smooth sailing and sometimes things go wrong, but that's why it is such a dynamic and interesting industry. In these situations, it’s really rewarding to execute a successful pivot in strategy. Businesses need to be flexible to grow and I have found the journey towards reaching this goal challenging and exciting.
The skills you develop in PE are extensive and you ultimately become a ‘jack-of-all’ trades. You need to think like an investment banker to execute deals, dive into financials like an accountant, understand legal documents like a lawyer, and set business strategies like a management consultant. While we cannot be experts in every field and always need advisers to help us throughout the lifecycle of a portfolio business, the most important thing is that you’re constantly learning and striving to be a better investor. The skill-set built from a career in PE will be invaluable throughout the rest of your career, regardless of where you might end up.
"Businesses need to be flexible to grow and I have found the journey towards reaching this goal challenging and exciting."