Landing a position at a venture capital firm is quite a challenge.
Looking for even an entry-level position in venture capital is actually preparing for the long haul as it may be years before one is available. There is far more demand for venture capital jobs than there is supply. The competition for an entry-level position is also with people who are already playing the venture capital game at some level; they own their own business, or they have worked in several start-ups, or they have the finance part of it down pat. The small size of the industry and few open roles (less than 10,000 open positions open globally each year) ensure that most people have stumbled into the industry rather than actively pursued a career in venture capital. (more…)