I am now currently considering 2 offers of employment from 2 very different financial firms.
1) A large, multinational, multilevel, multi service firm. Big name across the world, tremendous opportunities to move anywhere they have an office. The money is more than I ever imagined, starting at $70k and moving upwards to 6 figures next year when I receive my professional designation.
The cons are a temendous work load, high stress, high responsibility, little autonomy and a corporate structure I really hate.
2) Smaller local firm, full service, well respected. I would work directly for a partner as opposed to on my own and I would be in a position to become a partner within 10 years, due to the age of the current partners. Money is less, $55K right now and up to $75k when I receive my professional designation.
But it's small, so there is little room to advance past where I start.
I've only ever worked at big, corporate like places. Anyone ever work for a small professional firm? I'm almost certain I'm missing something vital in my decision.