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Josef Auboeck: Managing Director at Presidio Investors Private Equity

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January 27, 2022

Josef is a former international student at UC Berkeley where he received his MBA; he also holds a bachelor degree in finance and accounting. Joe is currently a Managing Director at a US-based private equity fund called Presidio Investors.

1. What did your path look like to land your current role?

I began my career as a turnaround consultant in the technology and energy sector where I led restructuring projects in Western Europe, Central Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining my current employer, I worked as a Senior Associate at a European private equity fund.

2. What was the biggest challenge you faced as an international student?

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.

3. How about your most valuable resource?

Somebody to guide me through the entire immigration process would have been hugely valuable. Unfortunately, easily accessible services like Interstride were not available back then.

4. What advice would you give to 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.