I want to get into investment banking, something I realized late in my college career. As of now, I have two options: work Marketing position at Citigroup vs Asset Management at boutique firm. A friend of mine suggested I take a job with citigroup because name > position and opportunities for lateral hire. However, I think Asset Management would be better because I would be on the core investment team which will involve a lot more numbers, modeling and finance vs a pure marketing role at a brand name company. Also, there is no guarantee I can get into ICG, as I would be competing against candidates who have actual banking experience. So, taking the position at Citigroup is a lot like putting my eggs into one basket. If it doesn't work out, I'd be right where I started (with a whole set of useless skills).

Granted, I plan to get an MBA but I know pre-MBA experience counts.

So, which argument sounds better?

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If it's a marketing position at Citi vs. Boutique AM and you want to start a career in AM I think it's a no brainer. I would imagine work experience means much more than firm name in this case. It may be different if it was something like a "research analyst" at a boutique vs. "research assistant" at a BB, but in your case it's two entirely different departments.

So if you want to do AM = go to the boutique, if you want to tell people "I work at Citi", then go to Citi.

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If you want to do investment banking, do the AM job for sure. Trust me, guys in IBD at Citi (and everyone else on the street) know what their marketing department does and know all those jobs aren't very legit.


Thanks guys! I knew I was right :)

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