Vault Career Guide to Private Equity, Second Edition

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by Andrew Morkes, Introduction by Sylvia Owens
Publication Date: 2015

If you're interested in a career in finance, the field of private equity might be right for you. The earnings are high, the work is intellectually challenging, and the lifestyle's relatively stable. Breaking into private equity can be a tough, however—private equity firms are secretive and jobs are often unadvertised.

The Vault Career Guide to Private Equity, Second 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, 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 nearly 20 years. He is the owner 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 FocusDiscovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors and ProgramsNontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Introduction author Sylvia Owens is managing director and head of client relations at Puissance Capital Management, an investment firm focused on public and private investments in China. Prior to joining Puissance, Ms. Owens was a partner and head of business development at Credit Value Partners with responsibility for the firm's strategic marketing initiatives. 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 is a founding member and executive board officer of Private Equity Women's Investor Network (PEWIN).

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