I work at EY cyber and I’m a staff 2 Just got two awesome offers: one from Microsoft that pays REALLY well, here. And I also got an offer to transfer to Europe with EY and I would be promoted to senior consultant in the process. I’m 22yo so money is not my main concern. (But tbh I still like money😆) I always wanted to live abroad for a while. What should I choose? What would y’all choose especially considering my young age? Should I go abroad, for less money but the experience could be awesome?

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How big is the pay difference? In your shoes, I would've done msft, prioritizing career progression and saying I could always travel later. But time goes by quicker than you think, and you may find yourself without an opportunity like this in the near future or it just won't be the right time for you personally so with the benefit of hindsight, I'd say seize your opportunities as they come up if they are important to you. Go to Europe.

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Read a few of the comments/responses from OP. I moved to Berlin from USA for a job and am happy that I did so after a few more years of experience in the US before going abroad. Also, you speak French and would be in a pre sales role. There will be lots of opportunities to move abroad for you coming up with that type of background. I would go with Microsoft and make a plan for where and when you realistically want to move abroad, also being open and aware for any opps that come up in the meantime.

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The reason is simple you are young, establish yourself in the industry. People kill to be in microsoft. Go now while you have the chance. If you are good MSFt will give you the same offer in 2 years time. Work life balance will be there as well

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Or should I go to Microsoft, get that brand on my resume and make $$$? (But I wouldn’t get the international experience.)

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Go to Microsoft then get the international experience with them, they have tonnes of global opportunities.

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I’m a SM in EY cyber, definitely take the Microsoft role

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Msft a dollar today is worth a lot more in 35 years. FIRE fan

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Depends on how possible a global opportunity would be with Microsoft. Also depends on if you plan on getting an MBA. But I would lean towards international experience. Curious to know where in Europe though.

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For some perspective on my previous comment... Zurich is consistently tied with places like Hong Kong, Paris, and Tokyo for highest cost of living, and Geneva usually makes it into the middle or lower half of the top 10. If you don’t have any debt, and you don’t mind living like you’re still in college for a few years, you might have no issues and have a great time... but, there’s opportunity cost to consider... mainly that earning more, saving more, and investing more while young will give you much more freedom in the long run.

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You’ll get plenty of opportunities to travel for work in your career however the chance to work in Europe won’t be as easy as you grow. I think Microsoft would be better for you long term

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Microsoft. You’ll get the international opportunities through them as well. Plus EY will always be here if you ever want to come back. Congrats, and good luck!

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At your age I would definitely go to Europe. Great work experience but also can have a great impact on you as a person. Assuming you go when most of the covid stuff is done obv

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Personally I would choose Europe in your shoes. New experiences and growing as a person are priceless and you could have a lot of fun. Microsoft is a great brand sure but senior consultant at age 22 you are going to do more than alright in life at the end of the day.

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Definitely Microsoft - coming from someone with an EU passport. Anywhere other than Switzerland pays trash and you’ll be worked endlessly. @ MSFT you’ll be able to go live abroad in a few years making actual coin and it’ll be hype.

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Go with MSFT. They really take care of their employees!

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If you don’t mind me asking, how’d you land the EY Switzerland gig? Interested in this myself.

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I’m not in cyber. I’m a staff 2 in business consulting, always wanted to do a couple years in Europe but it’s hard to do at EY

In your shoes, I would take the money and brand name recognition, stay for as long as your happy... then go international requesting a much much higher salary. Having tech and consulting experience is a good mix.

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Love the almighty $$$$ but something to think about is where your personal life will be in a few years, if another opportunity comes up to live abroad. - Married? - Kid(s)? - Pet(s)? All these things make it harder to live abroad....not impossible, just new complexities.

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Both good choices. You can’t go wrong with either one. I might choose Europe, nothing wrong with living life another country and capitalizing on an opportunity. But it just depends on what you value for this time period. Congrats!

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Flip a coin, mid air your true desires will wish for head/tail and you’ll know. Don’t overthink it, do what you won’t regret long term.

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Go to europe. Global experience > all; specially if you are getting S Con in the process. Europe can also give you an entrance to Asia, which is the best market I have worked in so far.

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OP where are you based now?

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