I currently work as an Investment Analyst at a large Life Insurance firm and wanted some advice on how to choose between my current role and a graduate program available at a large and prestigious fund manager (~2nd tier).
The fund manager graduate program has various rotations covering Trading, Fund Accounting, Client Services, Portfolio Management & Research, so it is not purely working with their equities or fixed income team.
In my current role I am already doing fixed income research and credit analysis, but it's at an insurance firm.
Would the grad program with just one rotation in Portfolio Management & Research with no guarantees of securing a spot in that team afterwards set me up better than my current job at an insurance firm?
Or is it better staying in my current role and build experience doing actual fixed income and credit analysis work even though it is a life insurance firm?
I had some concerns whether working in the investment arm of an insurance firm is looked down upon when applying for jobs at large fund managers?
Thanks for any input