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October 1, 2023

Data science in bank vs Big 4 tech consulting?

Had a job offer from tech consulting at EY as well as a straight data science position in a bank for full time. Pay was equivalent but bank would be 9 to 5. I am a graduating CS student. Not sure where to go with this – on one hand, love data science work and think the bank job sounds interesting and not stressful. Tech consulting has opportunity for cool projects, I was hired to work with the data science team so it’s still connected, but consulting also seems to be atrocious for people leaving after 2 years – without an MBA and with the opportunity to fall behind in CS skills if I just make slide decks, I feel at risk of having little exit opportunities afterwards. Would appreciate any advice in making a decision.

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