Currently having to make the hardest decision of my career so far and input would be much appreciated!
So a little background, I graduated from a semi-target UK university with an Economics degree and a frankly TERRIBLE grade (sub 3.0 GPA equivalent, a 3rd Class). After graduating I secured aninternship at a top tier ( / / MS) but due to underlying problems at the bank at offer time, basically none of the interns got a return offer (good feedback though). After that I started a full time job at a Big 4 in Audit, in a coverage group - I am working mostly on US investment banks.
Now, I do not like Audit, it is not what I want to do and the job is mind-numbingly tedious. However, it is guaranteed for 3 years and with my academics and this job market that is a good thing.
I have been offered a 6 month internship at a smaller (100-150 people) place which does IBD, Research and S&T and my role would be within IBD. There is potential for a full-time offer at the end depending on performance, company performance and economy. I am confident my performance would be to a high enough level where they could offer me a job, but the other 2 aspects are out of my control.
So my question - should I quit my safe, boring, uninspiring audit job with limited exit ops for the risk of a 6 month internship with a potential FT offer at the end? If I don't get an FT offer I'm in trouble due to my academics. My longer term goals are to work in(this boutique has a strong research team with opportunity to move later) or one of the big AM firms or an equity focused .
Advice would be MUCH appreciated!