I am an analyst in S&T having worked for 1.5 years as a graduate analyst. I am really keen on investments. Having worked in markets in a sales role, it has provided me with opportunities to learn about the big picture and interconnectivity of various asset classes which I do appreciate. However, after contemplating the growing automation, MIFID II, the very flow driven nature of the business and that I want to add value to myself in terms of knowledge (investing, building/helping businesses) and personal network, I am considering of heading into a private equity with AUM of $700m-$1b for an analyst position with a 35% salary cut. The private equity mentioned is rather somewhat respected in one region and is expanding into another region with a rather short track record (which is where I might be placed). Meanwhwile, if I stay in my current role, I might get promoted in another 1.5 years as an associate with another 20% jump in base.
I know that most of you may have had the IBD or management consulting background but would really appreciate any thoughts if you were in my shoe, and can share your career progression or jumps after in PE. Thanks a lot.