Accept Full-Time Offer or Pursue Master's Degree? (Profile Evaluation)

I am currently doing an off-cycle internship at a MM Investment Bank and I only have one semester left of my undergraduate studies. I have always wanted to do a top Master's program but if I receive a full-time offer from the bank I am currently at then it would be a tough decision. I know I can always do a Post-Experience Master's but I don't know. I'm 22 years old and will, after this spring, have a 6-month IB Internship Experience on my resume. I have always dreamed of working at a Bulge Bracket Bank and I am just curious to see if it's worth it to decline a potential full-time offer to pursue a top Master's in Finance and then apply for BB. Alternatively, work my way upwards and aim at applying for a Full-Time position at a BB after a year or two of experience at my current bank?

I have a Bachelor of Science in Business and Econ from a good university, GPA 4.0/5.0 and international exchange program at Uni St. Gallen. 6 months of IB/M&A experience. Should I potentially decline an offer to pursue a masters and apply for BB internships with the strong brand of a top masters?

Comments (3)

Mar 25, 2018

So it sounds like you are not based in the US, in which case I am not as familiar with IB recruiting, but if you're in the US, I think it would be a good idea to accept the full time offer. After this you can either try to lateral to a BB after a year or two, or you can get a few years of experience at the MM and then apply for your MBA. The second scenario still allows you to get your masters and also opens the door for BB IB recruiting.

Mar 25, 2018

If it's london, take the offer and lateral after 1 or 2 years. If you look at the BB websites, they're always hiring experienced analysts.

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Mar 25, 2018