Aiming for not NYC?
Currently a junior at a target school (in the NE) for IB, realizing more and more that I don't like NYC. Internships/grades/clubs all align, assuming I continue w the grind I would expect to end up at a BB/EB, ideallyor Industrials group are my favorites. All my friends have similar goals, IB/PE/ in NYC, but I'm starting to doubt the path.
I'm from a mid-size city in the South, and I love the lifestyle: big house, country club, low taxes, no visible poverty. This is gonna be a controversial opinion, but the more I go to the city, the more I hate it, specifically Chicago, NYC, SF, LA, literally the main hubs for IB. I want to end up in DFW, Houston, Charlotte, Miami, or Tampa, or most ideally, a smaller city in one of those areas, think Jackson, Birmingham, Asheville, Charleston, maybe even my hometown (though, closest thing to finance there is my local money-from-the-teller bank, lol.)
What would be the best course of action for me? Should I target one of those offices from the start, or do my analyst stint in NYC and then start targeting the buy-side or smaller shops to get in as an associate, or even just wait until VP and try to lateral?
The main factors here would be 1. maximizing comp: I understand comp will be in line with where I live, but still looking to maximize.
my friends will be in NY (granted I doubt we'll have much time during our analyst stints to hang): Being from a NE school, NYC is the dream for most of my friends, so they'll probably stick around, maybe migrate to surrounding areas but definitely not S/SE as they go to buyside. And, if I have to leave, I'd prefer not to have to uproot myself at age 30 and be some weird friendless dude trying to mingle, would want to leave now and give myself time to develop friendships.
parents want me to find a "nice, educated, Christian girl": I have a few years on this one, but still a consideration. NYC's nightlife is top-tier, but in the long run, doubtful that a smart girl in NYC would want to move to the South, she probably moved to NYC with the purpose of living the lifestyle, even if not in NYC, in Boston, Philly, DC, something like that.
Do y'all have any thoughts on this?