I currently work for one of the major oil companies. I've been working in a credit analyst role for a year now straight out of undergrad. I've been networking and I've managed to network well with a senior managing director at a Valuation firm that happens to do IB deals as well. The guy is an alum and I've been communicating with him via email for the past 6 months. I finally met him last week and we had lunch, he hinted that they may need an analyst after February or March and he said he would recommend that I get some consideration. I know this guy holds weight at his firm since he's a one of the five stakeholders of the company and he's relatively young (35ish).
Now, my question for my fellow monkeys is this.....should I quit my comfy and well paid job at this oil company for experience at this valuation firm, who, might i add, has pretty decent brand recognition nationally? Or should I stick it out at this major oil company since I just received a 10% increase in salary and might get a 12% to 15% bonus in a few months (not much by finance standards, but you gotta understand i work at MAX 40 hours a week!).
My end goal is to be working at an energy private equity firm.