I’m at a crossroads in my career.
I recently completed a management graduate programme at a major financial/insurance organisation and now working as a as a Project/Operations Analyst earning £34k outside London. It is purely 9-5 hours but I yearn for something more (exciting/dare I say it ‘glamorous’ and challenging with high salary prospects).
I have been accepted for a graduate management consulting role within KPMG’s tech advisory division - specialising in Cyber Security - in Birmingham with 28k salary. I am really drawn to consulting for the variety in clients/industries/projects/travel, and although it is a step down in salary (along with longer hours) I believe it will be better in the long-run, and KPMG seems a great employer.
I have an AC/final stage interview for HSBC for it’s Commercial Banking Global Graduate Programme. This I believe to pay around £33k with 5k sign-on bonus. Now at the moment I am struggling to understand what the programme actually involves as their description is quite difficult (if anyone could shine a light that would be great as I don’t want to be working in any high street branches).Link below
At the moment, with the presumption that I’ll get the offer from HSBC… I am looking for some advice on which option you would consider the best for long-term career success. I am very financially-driven but also do not want to be working ridiculous hours (50 hour max).
Anyone got any insight?