Job offer or Duke MMS?
Some of you may remember my previous posts, but just to summarize: 2009 Econ graduate (UM), haven't been able to find a job. I recently was accepted to Duke's MMS program, but also have been interviewing for an entry-level consultant position with PFM Group.
I don't have the job offer yet, and can't say for sure if I'll be extended the offer or not, but I've heard total compensation is ~45-50k. The firm is at the top of it's field (public finance). The job itself is pretty analytical and seems like a good experience (financial advisory for municipalities), even though it's not in IB.
With Duke, the graduate program will be in it's second year, and the tuition is 40K. However, I've read that many of the recruiting issues from the first year, have been resolved. Duke is obviously a great school, and in one year, to be a Duke alum is really appealing to me. Although without work experience, a big concern is the difficulty of going through recruiting.
With regards to the job, will I be able to break into IB after a year? Two years?
Also, which "path" would make me a better MBA candidate? I do plan on getting an MBA after a few years, and so that is part of my decision as well. If I choose the job, I would look to work with this firm for a couple of years, then transition to IB for two years, and then apply to bschool. If I go with Duke, I would try to get into IB right out of Duke and work for a few years, and then apply to bschool.
Given the two choices, which would you choose and why?
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.