update… I feel if last job is a small no-name company (without a much higher salary), then it would affect my “image” for next job search.
See also post in 610610 http://tigertanbin610610.blogspot.com/2013/12/strategic-directions-2014.html
Over the next 5 years, though i want to stay in a big bank for many years, circumstances might force me to change job every 1-2 years. Aiming to grow stronger in 3 areas.
Brank) leadership job title in big banks — a door opener and a little halo. When job market declines, employers have too many candidates, they prefer known brands.
T) keep my technical skills relevant — I realize every time I change job, technical skill requirement is always (at least one of) the biggest factor. A lot of tech interviews and quizzes are non-trivial. If we stop doing hands-on work with current technology, we will weaken and become obsolete.
F) mainstream financial domain knowledge esp. security trading. This would open up a lot of high-worth job opportunities. They are not open to me now due to my limited mainstream financial experience. Maybe i
don’t need such a job — i can read up and pretend to have, say, risk analytic experience?
For my next (2? 3?) job searches in the next 5 years, I’m unlikely to apply to PM or business analyst roles. Technical is my strength.
 Rarely do i get an easy tech interview on wall street.