Go in house before or after NSP?

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Go in house before or after NSP?

Post by Anonymous User » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:54 pm

I'm a senior associate at K&E (anon because you could probably out me from other posts) and I'm feeling pretty burned out and ready to make the move in house. I've started looking but there is a part of me that wonders if the exit options will be meaningfully better if I have the 'partner' title (even though it's a bs title). If I had to I could probably push myself to stick it out until Jan 2022, but if it won't make a real difference in what I'm up for I don't want to waste another year of my life at this place. Anyone have any insight on if the options are actually all that different with the NSP title?


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Re: Go in house before or after NSP?

Post by Sackboy » Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:32 pm

If you're trying to exit to another firm, it doesn't matter. I had a friend leave a few months after NSP to become an associate elsewhere. She did not get to jump the line to NSP at a peer firm.

As for in-house or industry, my sense is that the partner title, especially from a well-known firm, can, in some instances, make your application stick out. I know a few folks in my field who leapt over to an industry-equivalent job as 7-8th years and landed Director-level jobs. Meanwhile, all of the NSP partners I've known, both at K&E and elsewhere, were all able to get VP or Sr Director roles. It's an incredibly small sample size, but it's something I've noticed in my niche.

All of this being said, if you're burnt out, you're burnt out. You've put in 4-5 years at K&E, and you'll have good exit options. Just try the market and see what you can land. You can always decide you're not satisfied with any offers and stick it out longer.

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