Ok, so I'm a long-time reader and forum lurker, but I could use some helpful feedback from you guys since I have a decision to make in the next day or two. I'm a graduating senior with a 3.9 GPA, major in business admin, minor in economics (and music actually), and departmental honors in economics. I have great extracurriculars too (varsity sports, president of campus activities, some music ensembles). But I come from an extreme (heavy emphasis on extreme) non-target school.
After applying to a huge number of firms online, and supplementing that with networking through our virtually non-existent alumni base, as well as contacts I was able to make through past internships (none in finance) and cold-emailing, I finally have a job offer. I've had interviews for a variety of smaller companies for good roles (& Phelps, SIG, Gallup, , etc.) but this is the first I haven't been rejected in the process. The problem is that the offer is for , and I sort of hated the menial tasks I saw in the department when I shadowed during interviews. The firm is a great name (not Goldman/J.P, but well-respected), but I really don't think want to be stuck in a job like this.
I would turn down the offer, but I don't have any other offers or interviews outstanding, so it becomes very difficult to do in this economy. Graduation is this week, and I was planning on job searching full-time after that. But I wonder if I am setting my sights too high (I've applied for advisory/consulting positions, investment analyst positions, trade support, etc.). I'm really looking for a challenge, I love problem-solving, modeling, and all, but this position doesn't have any of that. One of the ever-eternal questions on here is, "can I move out of operations to", and I suppose my situation is kind of an addendum to that. Are my sights set too high if I am refusing to settle for BO? Should I take the position and try my best to get noticed and transfer to MO/FO ASAP? Any feedback is greatly appreciated, as I have to make a decision by the end of the week!