I got involved in M&A activities in 2015 after 6 years in various areas. After a few more M&A processes, we have developed a M&A team where I am a PMI Manager since 2021 when I was just hitting my mid thirties and 12 years in my company.
I would agree with responses above. You can definitely start M&A career in your mid-thirties. Your previous experience (if relevant to M&A or at least to the business industry of potential acquisitions) can be very beneficial as it’d mean you are well-versed in different areas, and in my experience, this is extremely helpful in M&A
I believe the age is not a limiting factor at all. The age and experiences in different areas is a great value for each company.
A person who is always learning, developing skills, changing roles, showing ambition, contributing to the results? What do you need more? It is a perfect candidate for eny job, not only M&A. Head of Department, M&A, Project Management, deep dive expert…all the roles are possible. Just follow your interest.
Nothing is impossible. I have seen a senior ranked M&A leader who has started late in M&A (in his late 40s) despite coming other finance-related field. All it takes was being dedicated to your interest and your overall professional development and direction (strategic fit), and be ready to take on the M&A job opportunity either internally in your office or externally, when it arise. Good networking would definitely helps too in this M&A industry.