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    (Original post by stealth_writer)
    Hi guys,

    In your opinion

    1) Which has the highest starting salary?

    2) Highest long-term Salary ceiling? ie Best banker vs best trader- who could earn more?

    3) Worst hours?

    4) Most competitive

    5) Best exit opportunities ?

    6) Your preference?


    I'm a former IB Intern/Grad Scheme/Post Grad scheme analyst. Here's my take on it:

    1) Very similar. Don't make your decision based on that.
    2) Trader probably. P&L contributions are very tangible, and pay generally more performance based (mixture of team's performance and individual's performance)
    3) IB. Every day of the week I would be taunted by S&T people when they were leaving.
    4) It's all very competitive.
    5) I would say IB, as the skills are very transferrable to most areas of financial services, as well as going to work company side (internal M&A teams, finance divisions etc)
    6) I did IB, so I'll say IB to make it all worthwhile...

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