I have a bachelors for a top UK university and a professional master's degree from a top American university, not an MBA, but something similar (economics related).
I have a grad scheme job confirmed at a Big 4's consulting practice in London, but I don't start for 8 months. To fill the next ~8 months, which of these options should I take?
1) Work for a large but non-brand name pension fund. I am interested in finance, especially private equity, infrastructure, and investments with longer time horizons, all of which a pension fund would give me exposure to.
2) Set up and run a subsidiary at my father's company. My father is an entrepreneur; he doesn't have any formal education but runs a successful fabrication/engineering firm with factories across the UK. He thinks I should develop a business idea, see it to market and then pass the business on to him.
Long term, I want to realign from management to strategy consulting — this could mean reapplying to MBB during the next few months, in which case working for myself/father would give me the flexibility to attend interviews. I also want to earn my MBA within the next 5 years, so I am also concerned about how each option would look to their admissions departments.
Thank you for any thoughts.