It's nice to finally work up the courage to start posting on here.
I'll admit that there's a part of finance talk that intimidates me but there's an underlying exhilaration about it that I can't kick.
And that is why I'm here asking for your help.
Background (Optional Read)
I am an accountant who is currently finishing off her GEs at a JC. Next year I plan to attend Chapman University. (It's not a target school, but it's the alma mater to many known business people in the OC and their kids. I figure if I'm not born into the the top 10%, at least I can network enough to get there. Thoughts?) I decided to leave my job as an accountant at my current company. Since the job hunt has been rough, I enlisted the help of a couple recruiters and shared with them that I am looking to go into IB or PE.
My issue with the following positions I've been offered is that I don't know if choosing either of these will hurt or help my future goals of completing my degree in Finance and finding a job in IB or PE. Here's what's on the table:
- 6 month Contract position at PIMCO. This position is local, but full-time. Based on the job description, it will be a lot of due diligence and investor verification. I would only be able to go to school in the evenings. I'm holding on to an imaginary thread that somehow PIMCO will be flexible with my school schedule and allow me to work remote or odd hours. If this sounds like a ridiculous expectation, please kill my dreams now.
- Part-time staff accountant position at Ares Management. The office would be a one hour drive each way from my school. I'm not too ecstatic about the drive, but the compensation is 55% more than what I asked for. My issue here is that it is a staff accountant job. I fear that I'll be pigeon-holed into this role as a staff accountant for my entire career. (Being an accountant is dreadful. Tell a friend.) From what I
As the wise professionals in your field, who would you sell my soul to to guarantee the best return?