I am currently at a post-MBA position in MBB in Europe, having joined last year as an experienced hire. The lifestyle doesn't seem sustainable for me, so I started thinking about my next steps in about 6 - 12 months' time.
My question would be what is best to do in terms of exit, considering that by that time I would have accrued >7 years of total work experience, with 12<>24 months of it being in MBB, and the rest in a various Fortune 500 companies in operations/project/production management roles
The options I have in mind would be:
1. Exit to do an MBA at INSEAD/LBS/Said/Judge
- doing this is on my mind since long ago, as I believe I would benefit from developing a broader business perspective, networking, and having a time to reflect, however as it would be self-funded, I am bit hesitant about the ROI at this stage
2. Exit to industry to work in strategy/operations/program-related positions
- this option would allow me to transition to a better WLB without pay sacrifice, like in the MBA option, although would not give me a chance to either step back for reflection, or amend the career trajectory
3. Stay in MBB until at least 24 months' tenure, and then think what's next
- many people on this, and other, forums mention the minimum 24 months' tenure. This would be the least preferred for me, as the lifestyle is taking a toll on my mental health, and at the same time I wonder how much the “24 months rule” apply to me, since the >5 years' pre-consulting experience
I've already been approached by various companies for their Product Management and Strategy & Operations roles, as well as by other consulting firms, which gave me an indication that maybe 12 - 18 months will be enough before I take the leap
Would be great to get your perspective on this, thank you!