(first post please be gentle)
general profile: >3.6GPA, top 20 US university, studying economics, history, and anthropology (eclectic mix for finance I know)
I recently got an offer at DB for their grad program in Jacksonville, which places recent grads into IB, S&T, and ER positions based on desk placement interviews in the spring. If I took the offer, I would be gunning for ER, and the recruiters I talked to seemed to believe that is the place I would be most successful.
I also did the SA program at MS in New York this past summer, and got a return offer. I was in the back office (think compliance/ops/finance), and I did well, and I told HR that I didn't see myself there long term, but I can't make internal lateral moves until 18 months on the job. Worse pay than DB because back office, even before regional cost-of-living adjustment.
Given how DB is doing and the non-target location, which would be better for general exit opportunities? I'd like to be doing some sort of research (macro, ideally) at GS/MS/JPM long-term, which would maybe require grad school. It's a toss-up between contributing more meaningful work and not being a cost center at a worse firm and working for a firm which is definitely headed in a good direction, but in a position which is not respected in the industry.
Any recommendations on what will provide the best exit opportunities/long-term career goals?