So basically, I am a junior at a non-target and I'm trying to figure out which career path makes more sense for someone like me. I know that you all are probably busy, so I'm going to briefly (I hope) talk about why I like each one, what I dislike about them, and then I hope that through this, you all can either correct my assumptions about the field or tell me which one suits my personality/goals best:
banking: What I like about banking is that it seems to give a lot of training for modelling, financial valuation, etc. which can be applied to many fields, and will help me if I want to do PE or even. It has the broadest exit opps and, because I'm a non-target, I will probably have an easier time getting into banking since there are tons of boutiques out there that offer decent experience (not as good as BBs, but better than a boutique firm for example) without being extremely hard to get into. The thing I hate about banking though is that there seems to be a lot of cold-calling and it seems almost like a glorified sales job to some extent. I'm not a super extroverted person, so this might not be a good fit for me, even though I think the deal-making process is fascinating. However, thus far, I'm leaning towards banking because once I get into the more "sales" type of role, I can exit to something I like more.
: I've recently been interested in trading because I've recently opened up my own trading account and I enjoy how I can directly see how my efforts contribute to the bottom line. I also really enjoy business strategy, and I love how trading (btw, I'm not a sophisticated trader and I only go by qualitative data/educated guesses since I'm a compete beginner) involves taking apart a business, looking at its financials, seeing its management trends, etc. to determine whether or not to invest in the firm. The thing I'm worried about is that trading will probably be MUCH more difficult to get into from undergrad (fewer spots), and while I'm decent with numbers (I love the quantitative aspect of trading btw) and will major in finance/accounting, there seems to be a trend toward hiring math/engineer majors from HYPS schools, and it will be very difficult to compete with them. Furthermore, I am a VERY risk averse person, and trading seems like a very risky field, and it has the most narrow skillset, which means exit opps will be limited.
consulting: I love consulting because its the most direct business field to business strategy, and I really love seeing how businesses work and solving complex problems within organizations. As weird as it sounds, I actually enjoy doing practice case studies forbecause of the way they challenge me to think despite not having all the relevant info. Furthermore, I've always had dreams of being a hotshot within a large company, and it seems that consulting is the best path toward that. So while I love consulting, there is a HUGE problem and that is getting a job at any half-decent firm. I know that are the best and that those are probably out of reach since I'm not at a target, but I don't know of any boutique consulting firms in my area, and I can't imagine they'd offer good experience at all, especially compared to a boutique investment bank. Since I need to go to a really good biz school, I don't know what to do, because all the good firms are out of reach (not just MBB, but , , LEK, Parthenon, Booz, etc.), so because I probably won't get good experience out of consulting in undergrad, consulting is dead last on my list even though I think I'd enjoy it the most.
Now it looks like I failed in terms of keeping the descriptions short, but if anyone can tell me which field I should go for, can correct me on my impressions about any of those fields, or all in all just give me some advice, that would be really nice, because I'm already a junior and have no clue what to do.