Background: Went to a West Coast undergrad and just finished up 1 year working FT in a coverage group at a BB (BAML/Barc/Citi/CS) in NYC. I took the GMAT and scored a 750, and am very set on attending business school in 3 years.
I just received an offer to work in my bank's Tokyo office as a generalist in IBD. I'm torn on staying in the US, NY ideally, and moving into an investing role (the logical professional answer) vs. going to Japan (the emotional answer).
Why Tokyo? It's a place I have fallen in love with after all of my visits (5+ now), and my favorite city to photograph (big hobby). I'm not fluent, which is why I'm surprised I'm even being offered the role, but I spoke to a lot of people internally, had some informal interviews, and am being given the chance to move. I have some conversational ability from self and undergrad study, and it would be great to work towards business proficiency on my own time. Post-MBA I'll pursue opportunities in the US so Tokyo would just be for 3 years.
I am still not sure what I want to do after banking, which is why I did not recruit on cycle. I'm worried that if I go to Japan and stay up until the point I go to business school, all investing opportunities will be out of reach (PE/growth/VC/HF) and I'll be forced to pick between banking, MBB, or corp dev. Am I better off recruiting for a pre-MBA buyout job in whatever city in the US to keep optionality post-MBA and spending my 10 vacation days every year visiting Japan?