MO HF Offer vs Silicon Valley OfferSubscribe
Option 1: Offer for a MO role at a well known HF (they are also offering relocation to NYC, London otherwise). The MO role is not difficult technically, so I'm sure I can impress quickly, and have time for side projects for them (ideally more quant type work) once I get my head around the business. The role is working directly with FO staff globally.
Option 2: Offer for a tech/eng role at a Silicon Valley company (not FAANG, potential relocation to Cali, remote otherwise; most people move to FAANG 1-2 years after working here).
Option 3: Do my own thing i.e. taking engineering projects from startups / companies etc. I've secured clients already. There is no 'relocation' it is all remote.
Total comp (base only) is the same for all options.
I am due to finish a Comp Sci Masters (Oxbridge) very soon and have worked mainly at branded tech firms / FAANG post graduation (Bachelor in Math/Stats from a target).
Prior to Option 1/2, my plan was to focus on Option 3, apply for Quant roles after my Masters, but the lack of finance industry experience is currently blocking me. I think a Quant / Strat role would be best for my background vs a traditional trader role either way but having never worked in finance this is still a challenge to transition (despite the marketing on articles).
What is best to do? Stick to tech or take the MO role and network my way internally / take on additional work?
(I'm not fussed about MO vs FO as the MO comp package is quite substantial either way. I'm more concerned about career paths and being able to work internationally at least for a few years).