First Job Offer in Finance! ... but slight problem/concern
Backstory is here…
I first interviewed for a salaried full-time position as Equity Research Associate. After apparently making it to final two, they opted for the other guy. But, when I sent a sweet thank-you email to first lady I interviewed with (not an analyst, but some sort of advisory to ER department), she responded that I was a “strong candidate” and why don’t I complete another stock report for their Healthcare analyst who’s looking for someone on contract and then come in and meet him. I’m looking for my first opportunity in finance, so I didn’t ask any details about contract. Honestly speaking, if it were “no pay” I’d probably take the job for the opportunity alone. Anyway, I interviewed yesterday, it went really well. The lady called me after to offer contract (verbally, contract docs haven’t been sent yet) but the only concern is, the first analayst had told me in the interview that first year ER associates get paid between 60-80k with quarterly bonuses. She told me on phone first time associates are paid 40-60k with quarterly bonuses, so the offer was 40 k, 12 month contract. Of course I accepted, verbally, and am ok with that salary given my lack of experience etc, 100%. BUT a part of me wants to ask her about this issue, b/c I would hate to be pigeon-holed in this much lower bracket, supposing I get an extension, etc down the road.
I truly believe this contract position was created by the lady b/c she/they liked me and my prospects. There was no position open until I interviewed with them and they wanted to keep me (my 2 reports I did for them were pretty damn good, and looked professional, if i do say so myself haha). So naturally, I’m just happy to have the opportunity…FOR NOW. But should I still bring this issue to her attention. It’s a very material difference in salary, and I would hate to be 20k behind all my peers for the next 5 years etc…
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