So a few months back I was made a victim of the layoffs. I was a 2nd year analyst in sales. I've decided I want to go down the research path now as I hated sales. I have a good education behind me too (BA/MSc from targets) so I think I'll be a good candidate for a junior role when hiring picks up again. I've had a few interviews but it's really rough out there - I interviewed for an entry-level research role in investment management and they hired a laid-off Associate with 4 years experience.
I have an offer to work as an analyst at an independent industry research firm. They are well respected and they have a deal where their research is distributed to the clients of US. However it's not financial research. I've accepted the offer to start in a few weeks, because I'm worried about having a long gap on my resume. I'm OK for money now but probably only have another 5 months before I'll be completely broke.
I'm worried that since I'm leaving banking, even temporarily, I'm going to be disadvantaged in being considered for research roles in banking. I'm also totally willing to be cutthroat in finding a new job, e.g. quitting the job shortly after starting or reneging on the offer if I find something better before my start date.