Construction Lending vs Valuation
I just graduated from undergrad and recently received two offers from companies in NYC:
The 1st is a junior relationship manager position for a construction lending team at a commercial bank in NYC. It's a small team of experienced guys that have been in the industry for a long time. Good benefits, would be working with large national developers as well as mom and pop developers.
The 2nd is a valuation tech startup with ~100 employees. Pay is basically the same as the 1st job but the team is much younger (they are bringing on a class of young associates) and the culture is phenomenal. They really value their employees (unlimited vacation, happy hours, etc).
Seems to me like both have pretty decent exit opportunities. Working construction lending seems like it would be a good move if all I cared about was the $$$ and was purely focused on gaining experience from veterans in the industry. On the other hand, valuation is also a good place to start in CRE as it gives you a good understanding of the market and what drives value. The office would also be way more fun at the valuation company and I'd make friends much easier.
Is construction lending a better starting point for my career than valuation?
How important is office culture?