As a long-time lurker, I cannot emphasis how great this site has been in helping me land interviews and offers. That being said, I am in a very fortunate yet unfortunate position and would like everyone's opinion on what I should do.
I am a non-target senior looking to break into private equity long term (had the chance to work at a PE shop a while ago and the experience was very positive). That being said, I was unable to lock in any FToffers this fall - the only FT offer I got was with a MM bank doing . Seeing as how I want to do "transaction" oriented work, I decided to look at SA IBD opportunities and extend graduation by a year. Luckily, I have offers from several BBs.
While I am ecstatic to haveSA offers, I am hesitant to reneg on a full-time job and pay for an extra year of school. But considering my long-term goal of private equity, giving up the FT ER gig in hopes to get a FT IBD gig seems reasonable. My only concern is that I really don't have any use of graduating a year late, not to mention the financial strain that an extra year of school will cause. With all that said, would it be possible to jump from the SA gig to FT without waiting an entire year? Or would it look bad if I spent the entire year traveling and doing volunteer work before getting my degree "on time"? There are so many options that I am a bit overwhelmed. your input/opinion is appreciated!