So here is my status: PhD about to graduate, Holding full-time offers from boutique LS consulting & a new HC fund that perform well so far, considering if I should try apply for MBB this fall. What would be your advices? Like the team at fund since I interned there for a while. Wondering if MBB could offer a better long term benefit and more thorough training since I am just out of school, however I hate traveling...

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Correction: a biotech fund

Questions like yours make me wonder why they keep lumping ad people with consultants. lol I’m sure your starting salary at either place would be higher than ours 10 years in. So, to pick, I’d just close my eyes and point. But, I’ll let more qualified folks give you real, useful advice while I continue to question my life choices.

Why would you want to come to MBB?

Realistically, 1)professional training 2)network

Talk to MBB PhDs. Ask yourself how similar you really are to the happy ones. It can be really rewarding for some, but I think most aren't as engaged by the work because it's rather high level and you spend a lot of time worrying about polish. And if you hate travel, you're really not going to like the lifestyle.

Buy side will pay more, but also have certain burnout rate and tougher path to the top. MBB provides good business training and solid business fundamentals - depends on what you want to optimise for

@McK2 Is the burnout rate worse than MBB?

I think it can be attributed to a few things: 1) It is a very high performance culture and compensation is linked as such (much more so than consulting) 2) Learning curve is probably less in HF so people may feel bored 3) It is also a harder path from analyst to leadership

@BCG1 for the unhappy ones, do you think it would be rewarding from other aspects?

thx for the insights!

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