Help me evaluate an offer

I have an offer from a consulting/Asset Management that specializes in investing public funds and/or telling public entities where to invest those funds. The official title for the position is "Asset Management Analyst".

I was very surprised to see the pay: 43K + 2K sign on bonus. Is this inline with industry averages? Do you think I'm in a position to negotiate for more?

As for my background - Econ and math at nontarget undergrad, target MSF, 3.5 gpa, good internships.

My goal has always been S&T but this was a abysmal recruiting season and I didn't get any offers and neither did many of my friends.

I also have another offer, a sales role at a large consulting/best practices firm in DC. Pay is 40k + 10k sign on + commission on sourcing new business. The culture is pretty cool, lot's of young people and the location is great.

How should I proceed from here? There is going to be another round of recruiting next semester so I still have my hopes up but I'm worried if I turn down either of these offers I'll be shit out of luck , graduating with 100k in debt and no job offers. But I just think that the pay is bullshit, especially considering the position (asset management analyst) and that I just laid down 60k for a fucking masters.

Thanks for any advice guys. This economy is fucking brutal.

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Comments (7)

Dec 22, 2012 - 2:15pm

Which job do you think you would you enjoy more? Take that one.

I wouldn't hold out and hope that you can get something better down the road. If you don't get anything then you'd be really screwed.

Dec 22, 2012 - 5:08pm

Sean518:
How comfortable are you with sales? You essentially get to write your own check in that type of role.

I would classify myself as an introvert who can be extroverted when he has to be. Although the thought of having to communicate all day with people is quite terrifying.

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Dec 22, 2012 - 5:09pm

TeddyTheBear:
Yes for an analyst in AM, thats a really bad salary. Is the AM firm also located in D.C?

No, it's in a bumfuck city in Pennsylvania.

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Dec 22, 2012 - 6:13pm

Depending on which role you prefer, I would attempt to negotiate by saying you have a counteroffer. Say that you are on the fence and would need a higher salary to lean towards the firm. Be prepared to have the offer taken away and then stuck to one offer, though.

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