Originally Posted by Telefonica
Thanks for all of the help. My responses:
My background is engineering, specifically in clean tech. I worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and now I work in "the real world" at Black & Veatch. I focus on wind energy now, but while at NREL I did work in fuel cells, electrolysis, solar and others. I would like to change my career and work in cleantech VC/PE. I have no background in finance, so it's going to be tough to convince schools that I have what it takes to change careers, but my background in engineering, and especially my research in new technologies may help.
I think it will be very difficult to get into PE/VC without any prior finance/ibanking/deal experience...especially VC. Its such a tight knit industry unless you have start up experience, it is virtually impossible without having developed the necessary networks.
From what I have seen, ppl who get into PE/VC after getting their MBA are ones with prior experience.
I am also going to to school to for the purpose of a career change...ultimately goal is to go to a hedge fund. But it is impossible without S&T experience...so my goal is to land a S&T gig at a bulge bracket...then go from there.
Check out Wallstreetoasis. Has a lot of good info on VC/PE/ibanking.