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I'm having a hard time discerning what is better in the long run for compensation. Front office investment banking (where salary comp is lower for x amount of time but could balloon to the highest at time y) Analytics or Cloud (where comp is higher or equal for x period and is potentially easier to stay in past time y) Strategy (or other highly paid) consulting (where I can't really discern it from IB other than from a skills/subject matter perspective) Could someone please share an opinion?

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Use levels / Glassdoor to build out cash flow timelines for yourself - supplement with primary research asking folks how long they stayed in each / what exit opportunities they saw on the backend

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Probably true. It has the best work life balance of these industries too, so that’s worth considering to me.

It’s a useless question. If you can stick it out, obv the order generally is finance>consulting>tech. Answer is unique based on your ability to last in tough work environments

Of the people I know in my 20+ year career the most consistently financially successful folks are the ones that went the finance route. Consulting can be very good money if you stay for the long haul but there’s a much lower ceiling than finance or corporate roles and most people only stay a few years. Tech (or for that matter other corporate roles) have the most upside but also the most potential variability over the course of a career. Luck is a big factor in that. In tech agism is a big thing - don’t expect a job past 50.

I assume you’re an MDP at BCG. When you say ceiling for consulting is low, what do you mean? I hear senior partners make 5m

I didn’t say it was a low ceiling. I said it was lower than the ceiling in finance or industry…also very few people in consulting make $5M. Point being some people can and do make much more than that in finance or industry.

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