From Austria to Presidio Investors, Private Equity
Managing Director at Private Equity Firm Prisidio Investors
As an international graduate student, Josef navigated the complicated U.S. visa process that led to his current role at a U.S. based private equity firm.
Tell us about your educational background:
Joe is a former international student at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where he received his MBA; he also holds a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from Vienna University of Economics and Business
Bachelor's Degree Vienna University of Economics and Business
MBA UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Managing Director Private Equity Firm
What was your career path like?
Joe started his career as a turnaround consultant in the technology and energy sector where he led restructuring projects in Western Europe, Central Europe and the Middle East; prior to joining his current employer he worked as a Senior Associate at a European private equity fund.
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
The US work visa and green card application process turned out to be much more complicated and time consuming than expected; it took me a lot of research to figure out which forms to submit, what deadlines to meet and which requirements to fulfill.
Somebody to guide me through this process would have been hugely valuable; unfortunately easily accessible services like Interstride were not available back then.
Any words of advice for other international students?
Venture out of your comfort zone! In the early stages of your career you will not be the top performer at your job. Cultivating perseverance will allow you to expand your skill set and reach your goals.
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