I am a recent graduate (May 2019) from a semi-target looking for career advice. I started a credit analyst position at a small commercial bank (<$10B in assets) two months ago. The pay is below market at $55k. I recently received an offer from a small CRE shop as an analyst in transaction services. I have not discussed pay yet but I believe I will be able to negotiate a slightly higher salary (~60-65k). From my understanding of what was discussed in the interviews, I will be researching the feasibility of projects, valuing properties for their highest and best use, and presenting the properties to clients.
I am not too sure about which career paths I want to take in the future but I have read that commercial banking is more flexible. My original exit opportunity plan was to go into corporate banking or one of the CRA's however, I am curious about how my career can progress if I choose to take this CRE position. I have read that it is easy to get pigeonholed in the CRE industry.
Any advice and comments are greatly appreciate.