Joining a startup out of undergrad?
Currently a 3rd year at a "target" UG business school, doing Corp finance this summer for a 10 week internship. I'm at a bit of a crossroads in terms of where I want to steer my career path, and I want to figure it out fast so I can have a better idea of how to position myself in the short term for the roles I want.
I don't know what I want to do obviously, but I do have some general ideas of what I want to accomplish and where I want to eventually go. On one hand, I like finance, but I'm fairly confident I will not want to be in it long-term. I don't find my finance classes very interesting and i did a Corp finance internship last year which I thought was quite boring. On the other hand, I have a very strong interest in entrepreneurship, learning by doing, and consumer products. I've thought about starting my own business but am fairly reluctant to do so. I also very much value living a healthy life, settling down at some point with family and kids, and being financially stable by the time I'm in my 30s. Thinking long-term, I do want to find a role that I am passionate about and can make a big difference to the business that I'm in.
So I have a couple of ideas. First is pursuing Corp finance full-time, progress my career a bit and then probably switch out after a few years. No idea where I'd go after that, but I'm ok with not knowing.
Second is pursuing strategy consulting full time. Consulting provides a lot of benefits like industry exposure, networking opportunities, great exit opps, etc. If I went this route, I'd probably want to go into some kind of business strategy role at a high-growth/mature company afterwards. Definitely would not do consulting my whole career.
Third, and what I've most recently started to consider, is working at a B2C startup right out of undergrad. I feel this could offer an amazing learning experience and it's something that I think I would be much more likely to be passionate about.
I know y'all have experience making these types of career decisions, and I'd love to hear what you have to say about these different routes I could pursue. I'm most interested in hearing advice regarding the startup route, as that seems super appealing to me, but I understand it could be a bad place to start my career as well.