I've been trying to break into finance for a few years now.. it's been difficult. I'm a CPA at a national accounting firm and I was recruited out of a non-target state school. Using LinkedIn and other resources I've been able to land awith boutiques, but nothing more.
Recently however, a couple opportunities came my way and I need to make a quick decision. I know many of you are very experienced and may be able to offer some advice on which path to take:
Option 1, Senior Associate at a Big 4 CPA firm (audit): this path would allow me to obtain a relatively prestigious name on my resume. After about a year I should be able to network internally and ideally snag a position in their transaction advisory group. From there I may have a bit more leverage to apply to boutiques, or possibly a competitive MBA program.
Option 2, Back/Middle Office Position at Oil Company Trading Desk: I managed to connect with a senior trader at a huge oil company who has been a tremendous help. He offered to help get my foot in the door in thearm of the company as type of support analyst, the job title is not impressive... though he told me that this is a great way to enter the industry. The pros: I have been fascinated by the energy industry/trading for years, and if I could land a position on the trading desk down the line I'd be very happy. Cons: although I've researched this extensively, I'm still clueless as to how easy/possible it is to transition from a role to a trader at an oil company. The Big 4 role offers a more familiar and guaranteed, albeit very boring, career progression.
Thanks for your help!