Hello all, I am an undergraduate from a non target school, who graduated in 2009. I just recently landed a job at an Abu Dhabi investment firm, which has very close resemblance to the activities of a PE firm, investing across industries and continents with the help of BB IB's while having a very small deal team. Ever since I was in college and after watching Wall Street I have imagined a path from college to a BB IB, working on M&A deals and then as an Associate at a PE firm then a top 5 or 10 B school, and then shaking the money tree for the rest of my life (J/K). But unfortunately things didn't go as planned and I currently have a resume with two BB wealth management internships and a summer position during my junior year at a major PE firm in NYC. I need to know, after wasting almost 9months after graduation, i am finally setting foot into the realm of Finance again, but I am very skeptical as to the opportunities which would arise after working 1 or 2 years at an investment firm in Abu Dhabi. Upsides involve the exposure to many industries as well as geographies combined with a high deal flow in a small team and a very diverse work experience for B-school. But the downside is that it's my first job coming out of college and its neither IB or PE nor is it in NYC or London. Ideally my goal is to continue as I planned, which involves pursing PE either in London, Asia (i.e India, HK, China) or NYC (i.e through my past internship at a PE firm) after a year or two in Abu Dhabi.
I would really appreciate any thoughts all of you can share with me regarding this, both pros and cons. After this economic nightmare I like to do my research very well in advance, so I know what to expect and what can cause disappointments just in case. Thanks in advance.