I need to make a quick choice in 1~2 weeks and I would like to hear your sincere advice on this. All the positions are for London.
Some thought from my side:
Pros: Best brand name, wider exposure (both and strategic consulting), more traveling (I like traveling), less weekends work, and more responsibility (I assume)
Cons: Completely new area, language/culture barrier (as I am not Brit), less pay (c. 40% lower in the first two years?), and how much value does consulting really add?
Pros: Broader exposure within banking (M&A and Restructuring), more responsibility, easy access to senior bankers, strong growing prospect, and training (1 month in NYC)
Cons: Unrecognised outside banking, limited deal flows in Europe, lots pitching/menial work involved, known as sweatshop (working extremely hard...), risky prospect (develop too fast) :
Pros: Strong brand name (esp. in Asia where I want to go in the future), stable and structural routine, very likely to be put in the M&A execution team (exposure to bigger and more complexed deals), wider network
Cons: Lots crappy jobs in the 1st yr, very hardworking, limited exposure to senior bankers/clients, limited responsibility in the 1st yr :
- PE Fund (6m internship):
Pros: Ex Lehman PE arm (c.$3.5bn), small but very strong team (c. 15 professionals in EU), strong passion in PE (would like to have some inside views), great culture and work atomsphere, and less hours
Cons: It's only an INTERNSHIP and very HARD to convert to a FT afterwards!
After all I could prob do the PE internship first (Part-time basis) before starting a FT job but this also means that I couldn't even be considered as a FT after the internship...
Any inputs are really appreciated!!