MBB or VC? -VC is a name brand but smaller early stage investor (definitely not Sequoia/A16z; $500M assets) -Post-MBA level at both. Data science at both if it matters (data science consultant at MBB; data science expert running DD/value creation at VC) -Comp yr 1 is same, but upward trajectory at VC is way less set in stone -I find the space the VC plays in interesting but I am not dead set on staying there or VC in general. Am a little worried about "wasting" 2 yrs if I reapply to MBB anyway

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Very different jobs. I personally did not find VC to be a good fit (both investing role and culture wise) so I didn’t go down that path. But going from VC to MBB is probably easier than MBB to VC at the post-MBA level fwiw, so if you’re truly torn, go down that path. But with the data science piece, know that you’ll have way more resources and exposure at MBB than at VC, though you may find more value/meaning from being able to influence data strategy/ops/team at the VC (if your role allows). You can also exit to a portco (if you like them and see promise) from the VC firm.

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Gotcha. Yeah in that case, I think it just depends where you get your energy from and which one you want to try more? Beauty of this is that there’s no wrong answer

To be clear, the VC job isn't the investment team. But it isn't back-office either. It's as described above. And I expect MBB comp to outpace the VC comp, given the promotion structure at the former and lack thereof at the latter. I'm also a little worried about going into a lesser known firm / industry relative to MBB if I want to exit to industry later.

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