Hoping to get some thoughts on the below options:
Current: Consultant at Economic Consulting firm (~$115K all in) with likely promotion in Spring 2021. Don't love the specific type of consulting I'm doing (niche and not what I want to be doing long term)
Alternative #1: Valuation analyst (so not client facing) at top PE firm. Role would be based in NYC (~$110K all in)
Alternative #2: Consultant for boutique strategy consulting firm (final round this week; research indicates range of $150-190K)

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Also have plans for business school in the next couple years so please help weigh these options in terms of overall attractiveness for MBA admissions and career trajectory.

Also, a couple questions regarding the PE valuations role. Any idea as to whether interaction with deal teams and portcos (more from a financial info collection and analysis standpoint) can be leveraged into more client-facing roles in smaller PE shops? Or just generally whether it's still worthwhile to have a top PE firm brand name on resume even if it's not client-facing?

Those are 2 different options - do you know which field (valuation/banking vs consulting) you like better?

I lean towards consulting more because i like the critical-thinking, problem-solving component and helping the company strategically. I think what's attractive to me about the valuations role is being closer to investment-level decisions within a PE firm (not that I'd be driving those decisions but there is interaction with the deal team). Either way I'm not necessarily viewing them as long term career options but rather places to build a transferrable skillset that I'd be able to take to industry or entrepreneurship. So for that purpose consulting seems to be the better avenue

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