Although it’s understood that they will have to leave their firm after a few years on the job to earn an MBA, most analysts still view their position as a chance to impress the partners and win a coveted invitation to get on the partner track. What does this entail? A lot of grunt work, repetitive job duties, and long hours—including at night and on weekends. In fact, 51 percent of venture capital and private equity professionals—typically associates and analysts, but sometimes managers—worked at least 70 hours a week in 2014, according to the 2015 Private Equity and Venture Capital Compensation Report. Analysts also travel to meet with the founders of prospective portfolio companies and to attend industry conferences and networking events.
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