Better entry role into commercial real estate: Asset Management or CRE Credit Analyst (MM Bank)
First time poster. I've been trying to make a career pivot from consulting into commercial real estate. I have two very different interviews, and was hoping to get insight from individuals who are/have performed in similar roles, and the better exit opportunities.
Given that I'm currently pigeonholed, I want to make sure my next move opens the most doors. Ideal track: I'd love to work in RE investment banking, but ultimately want to work in acquisitions (PE or RE owner/operator). Any thoughts on a "best position"? Obviously, an acquisitions role is the best, but that's not in the cards I'm currently dealt.
Both roles in NYC.
Interview 1: Asset Manager at a small affordable housing investment company (approx 10 properties in the portfolio). Sell on the job, growing company with lots of exposure and potential cross-over to acquisitions.
Interview 2: CRE Credit Analyst at a middle market bank. Avg. loan size $5-$50MM. Sell on the job, MM bank on resume.
Side note: I'm enrolled in a MS RE program, so that should add some value down the road, but not the main point of the post.