I need your help. I'll have to decide which of the following five options is the best to help me on my way to becoming a VC analyst/associate.
I studied law in a European country and should have dropped out and changed to Economics or CS but unfortunately I didn't. While I'm pretty good at law and there are a lot of good jobs for lawyers in my country (seems to be much worse in the US) I don't enjoy the actual day-to-day work of a lawyer. I have been working for different law firms as a kind of paralegal and I don't want to live the life of the senior associates/counsels/partners. Personally, I think that practicing law is the same as doing homework for a living, a weird mix of boring and stressful.
At one job I had, we worked in the same office as a VC fund so I got to know what they were doing and it seemed like a lot of fun and the people were really intelligent and nice. I dug deeper into it and I think it would fit my personality well and also my interest in technology (i used to code a lot in high school) and startups (used to shortly work for two after law school).
The legal education in my home country gives me the chance to pick an employer for three months that doesn't have to be a lawyer to test out something new. I know that joining a VC fund as an analyst is a long shot and I won't be able to do so right after this job but at least I want to try to position myself as best as possible. I've been working for a law firm in VC and two startups in a legal role already.
I would really appreciate your input which option is the best for a future job in VC.
1st option: VC Team in a law firm in another European country
There is the possibility that I join another law firm for three months in another European country. I speak the language of that country and would be able to improve my language skills even further which might help join a VC fund from that country or a VC fund from my home country which wants to do invest in that country. The partner is well known in VC and advises most of the big VC funds in that country. But it's still mostly law.
2nd option: VC team in a US law firm in NYC or SF
Might get the chance to go abroad. Similar as the first option but would be able to improve my English and might be more impressive on my CV.
3rd option: Work for the General Counsel of a VC fund
I have the possibility to work for a GC of a VC fund. A friend who is also a lawyer did the same thing and got the opportunity to also work on the business side a bit, but it's not sure that I'll also be able to do so. Probably the closest to an actual VC role as an analyst but also not really hands on operational experience in a startup that most VC funds want to see.
4th option: Work for another legal department of a startup
I've already worked for two startups in a legal capacity and although I enjoyed it, it's oftentimes hard to work on the business side.
5th option: Work for MBB
I could apply for an MBB internship but I think the chances are not that great because it's really competitive here and they don't take a lot of lawyers. I think the experience would be great as it's the most business focused option.
Thanks for your help!