Do you HAVE to start in New York?
There is this general feeling at my campus that you HAVE to start on Wall Street if you want to do IB or you will always be a second-tier banker. At the same time, I have a lot of people from the industry (although they are mostly MM bankers and consultants) telling me that sometimes it could be a blessing if you start in a small firm where you can actually have agency over the project and lead.
So which one is it? NYC or hell vs. you can start wherever as long as you work your ass off?
Thank you so much everyone...