I work for a fortune 5 oil company as a financial analyst. I've been looking to break into i-banking soon. I have about 6 months of experience under my belt now.
Would it be worth it to break into a small no-name boutique or would it be better to stick around at my company for a better brand name on my resume? I'm ultimately looking to start b-school about 3 years from now.
Obviously banking would pay better (maybe?) and the experience would be good, but would it help me get into a good southern b-school or would it not matter?
Lately I've been thinking about things that actually matter to me. I've been strongly leaning towards starting up a non-profit company for a cause that I'm very passionate about. Considering the hours bankers work, I wouldn't have the time to work on this non-profit project. Currently I work about 45 hours a week, so I have a lot of time to work on this.
The problem is...I want to work in finance after b-school for sure. I would love to work at adown the road. Considering my end goal, it seems jumping to an ibank now would be very helpful.
The only reason I'm posting this is to get some perspective from people....not really looking for definitive answers.