Confusion about my future please comment and help
*** this is long, sorry. only read if you want to help someone graduating college or find yourself in a similar situation.***
So I am just very confused ab my career. I want to be a trader. I like the game theory aspect, decision making under pressure, and the immediate feedback loop. I was never bored at all this summer on my desk. Have an offer at a bank to be on rates swaps/trader. I am interviewing w quant/omm firms as well. I got rejected during a few final rounds and might have more final rounds coming up. I want omm/quant offer more because the usage of more data analysis, earlier access to trading, and honestly just a place for me to become even smarter and smarter. It also helps that you really are rewarded for your hard work and there are flatter hierarchies.
At the bank, they said that they would let me start to make small trades in the "back book" a few months in. It is honestly a good seat, but I was not really the biggest fan of how its so corporate, a lot of boring work, and tech stack is so outdated (Im not a coding wiz or anything but really enjoy statistical learning/simple). At the bank, I really enjoyed thinking about the macro picture(economic prints, fed members talking, japanese ycc and policy, policy, the bond moving 20bps in one week etc) and analyzing how each market(cash, swaps + spreads, vol surface, cash/futures basis) was reacting. It was even more interesting to put some fake trades on and see how they did. Realistically I would want to go to a , but 2-3 events have to align correctly for that happen - it is not certain.
I guess the best would be a mix of them both. Macro trading in a quantitative manner (i know is pretty hard w OTC)
If I do not get a quant offer, I was thinking of maybe doing a masters in stats and data science and re-roles, or roles in hedge funds that are data/trading based. I think I could get into a good program applying from a t10. Realistically this would help me get an even better skillset than I currently have and add more value immediately. BUT, i am foregoing a pretty good seat tbh and in two years I could be on the way to the a masters then?
Sometimes I think about just going w the bank offer and then working really hard and progressing in life, but is that me just taking the easy way out? I sometimes convince myself that I like macro more (which I think I do honestly) so I should go with the bank offer because its a good place to learn vol in rates. Is this just aout?
I have talked to my parents but they dont really understand. any adviser or non finance person is like, why would you pass up 150-160k ish? and then all really smart quant kids rightfully say that im just not smart enough.
what are thoughts