I am just about to graduate from a masters degree at a target UK university. I am lucky enough to have received some outstanding offers, and I have narrowed down my options to two:
-MBB BA/AC: Totally unexpected - I received an offer to join one of their Southern Europe offices
-Startup CTO/Head of Innovation: Seed stage startup backed by some top tier UK VCs, comes with substantial equity. I have a lot of experience in their space, and the founders are top notch (ex MBB and GS).
Base compensation is very similar, but the startup comes with extra stock options.
I am really unsure what to go for, as I would have not expected to be in this position. As much as it is a risk, I am sort of leaning towards the startup, but my biggest fear is that I will be blacklisted by MBB should I change my mind.
I would love to hear everyone's thoughts.