tl;dr: Assessing career next steps. Pros / cons of IBD associate vs. Corp dev.
Like many of you, I've been following WSO over the years and am in need of some advice. I've done 3 years of banking and am now thinking about next steps for my career. I enjoy my job but I want some outside perspective on how to think about what my next move should be or if I should continue along my current path.
- Recently promoted to Associate @ TMT IBD ($250k all-in comp).
- Option to move into a Corporate Development role at a Tech / Media company ($150k comp).
(sidenote: Long term goal is to learn to find and execute new business opportunities. Haven't decided if i see myself as an operator or investor long-term, although i don't think these are mutually exclusive and would ideally like to do both in some capacity.)