Vault Career Guide to Private Equity, Third Edition

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by Andrew Morkes, Introduction by Sylvia Owens
Publication Date: 2018

For those interested in a career in finance, private equity offers many rewards—but breaking in comes with many challenges. The earnings are high, the work is intellectually challenging, and the lifestyle's relatively stable, but finding work in private equity can be tough. The field is relatively small, and there's a lot of competition for few job openings. Private equity firms can hold out to choose the absolute best applicants, and even if you're highly qualified, it can be difficult to hear about openings because private equity firms are secretive and jobs are often unadvertised. Even more important is the emphasis placed on finding good personality fits for each firm's culture. All of this favors job-seekers who do thorough research and possess excellent networking and interviewing skills.

The Vault Career Guide to Private Equity, Third Edition is essential reading for success in the private equity industry. You'll find information about institutional investment management, how to network to learn about job openings, what it takes to impress private equity employers, and more. Plus, you'll find great interviewing and career advice and an invaluable sense of life on the job and career paths at private equity firms and beyond.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and résumé, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 25 years. He is the founder and editorial director of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media; and They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates. He is the author and publisher of "The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends" blog. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Introduction author Sylvia Owens is a senior portfolio advisor at Aksia LLC. Prior to joining Aksia, Ms. Owens was the managing director and head of client relations at Puissance Capital Management, an investment firm focused on public and private investments in China with offices in New York and Beijing. She also was a partner and head of business development at Credit Value Partners with responsibility for the firm's strategic marketing initiatives and served as a senior fundraising advisor to private equity fund managers across venture, buyout, and real assets. Prior to her career in alternatives, Ms. Owens spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, where she led the Midwest convertibles business. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California. Ms. Owens is a founding member and executive board officer of Private Equity Women's Investor Network (PEWIN), an invitation-only organization for senior women in private equity globally.

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