2014 wrote:Was there anything specific that made you start submitting in-house applications? Do you think that your options would have been meaningfully different if you stuck it out at your then-firm (or another) for any additional time?
Did you do anything particular at a firm to make your more marketable to exit options? Did you try to focus on certain deal structures, sides, sizes, industries, etc. or did you just take whatever was handed to you? In that same vein was the secondment something you actively sought out or did the client just need someone and you were the person who happened to get asked?
Nope -- cold called by a recruiter and I took the call. Went from there.
Didn't do anything special deal-wise at the firms other than try to only work for partners and associates I liked and were human. I did gun for the secondment by taking deals from that client and my name got tossed around. When I met with them, I treated it like I would an interview and got it.
I maybe could've held out for a more senior position with commensurate pay but it was time. If you're going to be at the same place for more than 2 years, you better really love it. Life is short.