Originally Posted by eml4sker
When it comes to choosing a career, people are often too rational. They spend too much time thinking about the compensation, the exit opportunities, the prestige. In fact, the best choice is what you think you'll be best at and enjoy doing the most.
That's solid advice - that's the main reason I eventually settled on law.
Originally Posted by Gibonius
Given your career ambivalence, I wouldn't recommend science graduate school. It's a pretty miserable experience, and unless you totally get off on research, you're going to hate life.
Even if you go to a top school, you can't even begin to count on getting a tenure track position at a decent research institution. The jobs are absurdly hard to get, and any number of extraordinarily talented candidates who went to all the right school, the right postdoc positions, have incredibly publication records, etc, are getting rejected. It's tough, I gave up on academics very early on. You're also not going to even leave school until you're ~28, then maybe a postdoc, then a low-paid associate prof position.
Also, everybody should get paid to work on their PhD in the sciences. It's not exactly uncommon, even marginally qualified people at 3rd tier schools get paid.
So yeah, I'd say not choosing D) was a good call for you.
That sounds reasonable. I didn't rely on getting a tenure-track position, because of course it's incredibly difficult and I have no way of gauging how talented I am right now in a meaningful way.
Originally Posted by Fuuma
It seems all your carreer options are based on making a Jewish mother proud...
I'm not Jewish, and that comment strikes me as somewhat racist, but one reason I did settle on law was because my family strongly encouraged me to. I know some people don't have good relationships with their parents, but I do, and making them proud seems as solid a motivation as any.
Originally Posted by v.freeman
Depends on how solid the buyside shops are. I wouldn't necessarily consider buyside -> b-school -> buyside again as an easy route. Not to mention the uncertainty/lack of advancement opportunities at smaller firms.
That's correct. My decision not to do a summer internship at a bank choked off my IB and S&T opportunities, though, so I didn't even apply. Broadly speaking, the PE place that I was looking at had a solid record of b-school placement, but the hedge fund favoured more of a rise-from-within path.