Advice needed on Tech Consulting vs Commercial Banking

KPMG
HSBC
STEP

#1

Hi all,

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).

  1. 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.

  2. 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?


#2

Anyone offer any help?


#3

lol get the offer first then talk.


#4

For HSBC when did you do the job simulation and receive the AC invite?


#5

Hello, congrats on your offer! I have a launch pad coming up. Could you please give me some tips and info about the written part, the partner interview, and the group challenge? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you so much for your time in advance. My email is: niloufar_pcsp@yahoo.com


#6

Hi @Keenbean, I know it was a long time ago, but what did you decide in the end?