Shit. Now it finally materializes that I have to decide what I will do with my professional career.
I finally got a confirmation today that the small bank would accept me and is ready to sign the paper. At that point I finally had to reveal to the recruiting consultant ("headhunter") that unfortunately I have something else cooking at the same time, so she said "Is it about the salary?", I said no (dumb as I am), and she said "Do you want to think it over over the weekend?" and I said yes. So we will get back to it on Monday.
I really don't know which to choose. i just don't want to make the wrong decision now, and each job have its own benefits and risks. With the bank I am mainly bothered that it is a bit of "oldskool" IT work in an area where there are lots of professionals already (ie. if I got fired from there in the future, it wouldn't look as sexy in my CV as the other job), AND the fact that it is a smaller bank that could easily be merged to some bigger bank at some point, which probably means bad to the people working in its IT department.
The other job though... It is more like a start-up, and the boss appears to still be figuring out what kind of business it will be. He has a vision, but whether it really flies, that remains to be seen. But at the same time, I somehow feel the things I learn in this sound quite good in my CV, it is in a rising area where there are not necessarily that many experts available at this point, so having experience in it could yield many other work opportunities, even if this "startup" failed.
Damn. Why did these had to happen at the same time?