BB associate to PE associate. Should I leave banking?O
This is probably going to be more relevant to the older folks here. I am an associate in a bb firm (analyst promote) but also have a non US MBA. I have actually enjoyed the last 4-5 years in banking and am part of a very highly regarded team. However after going through the pains of seeing teams getting butchered in 2009, I am very uncomfortable with the idea of living through that again (note that I am actually not worried about being directly affected yet). I have been testing the market and am likely to get a senior associate type role in a global PE fund.
I am very conflicted about how I should react to an offer, since I actually do enjoy banking and have done well here. I feel like maybe I am overreactimg and should stay put, but part of me feels very worried about the complete lack of security and potentially lower comp in banking going forward.
How should I think about his fairly uncommon choice? I think I will do well in PE and if I were in a slightly lower ranked bank I might have jumped without thinking but well I am in a good team doing good work and getting good recognition so is a jump worth it?