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WillgumI'm a relationship manager for an independant Macro research firm and I work out of Sun Valley - I wouldn't put my role in the basket of traditional finance positions, but I talk to guys everyday in IB, Cap markets, PE, HF, the whole array.
I think going straight from an internship / graduation and trying to secure a solid job out west will have you landing at a pretty low tier shop compared to an NYC experience. Low tier in the sense that you'd make a great living, but not nearly the trajectory that a foundation of 2 years at a BB bank in the city would offer.
If you can spend 1 or two years as an analyst for a big name, you'll be set to take any variety of entry / associate level industry jobs out west. Lots of PE, VC, Family Office type stuff out here.
With that said dude, if you really wanna get out here, then do it. I skipped NYC and turned out just fine. Super happy with my decision.
MikeStreeterYeah, I just really in between both getting out west and living in the city. I think it may be best to get good career progression and live in the city for 1-2 year post grad. I just don't want to get trapped in golden handcuffs and the rat race of NYC. Might just have to lap Big Snow AD in the mean time.
How do you find the time to ski while working? Do you mainly ski weekends?