I am currently trying to decide which career path ot take, with the goal of ultimately ending up at a top tier MC company. Firstly, a little bit about myself. I have just graduated from an Australian university with a Eng/Accounting degree. I have graduated with first class honors in engineering and generally have a good average.
My career goal is to work for an MC firm in the future. I interviewed with AT Kearney, Deloitte and Accenture for their strategy consulting divisions but unfortunately was unsuccessful.
This now has left me with two main job offers. The first is a purely engineering role in Canon's R&D department. The second is is a finance role with a major Australian retail bank (NAB). The position is in nabCapital which is their corporate finance and institutional investment division. I would do a rotation through FX & Commodities trading, Finance and Institutional Banking. This is by no means an IB position, but the division is oriented at the higher end of town.
Now I am trying to decide which path might eventually take me into a MC career.
From a personal perspective I have a much greater interest in commerce than hardcore R&D engineering. But I'm afraid that the banking job I have been offered would be very heavy on documentation, compliance and other drudgery. So in that sense a job in R&D might be much more satisfying/interesting. Also this particular bank is not "prestigious" in any sense in Australia and is in a different league to traditional IBs.
The pay is comparable, but the hours will be a lot better in the engineering job. But I feel that the banking job will give me more relevant experience for the consulting world and might have better career progression. Also it might allow me to do an MBA down the track a bit more easily.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.