Out of college, I went through a commercial banking Management Development Program and did credit analysis for a little over a year. I understand that commercial is crap and not at all respected by i-bankers - I felt the same and jumped to consulting.
I've been at a Big 4 consulting firm for three years and moved up the ranks pretty quickly (3 promotions in 27 months, where it normally takes about 6-7 years). I feel I am at a bit of a crossroads right now and am exploring options. Basically, I'm looking for thoughts on a transition into i-banking - feasibility, potential approaches, and realistic timeframes.
The major caveat is that I don't want to be a bottom-feeder. Pushing reset on my career is not an option. Not to be brash but I've fought my way up in consulting and to be shoulder-to-shoulder with fresh college grads would be mildly insulting. I understand that I would have much to learn about the business but I've led engagement teams of 6-8 people on high-profile projects and I've interfaced with and provided guidance to CFOs on a daily basis.
I don't want to go in through an infrastructure post because at least in consulting, I have seen little success in parlaying that into a client-facing role. The discussion about using an MBA as a springboard is a valid point but one I am already considering. I'm applying to b-schools right now as another potential option.