Enter IB post-MBA or not?
Huge thanks to the entire community. I've really enjoyed coming online and hearing about everyone's experiences - really seems like so many of you know the name of the game. I'd be curious to hear from some folks in IB regarding a future career question. Currently working in strategic finance (sometimes regarded as corp dev) at a Series C startup. I've really enjoyed the work, team culture, WLB, etc. I was lucky enough to strike the role with no prior banking experience. I do have an interest in gaining transactional experience, so more traditional M&A corp dev or banking seems like a logical future progression. My question is how would you go about assessing the role of an MBA in my case? The appeal of a recruiting platform is one that I cannot understate, but, at the same time, is it necessary? Given my current work experience, is it more pragmatic to look to lateral to a corp dev team / break into IB without getting an MBA? For context, I was pre-med through UG and made a late transition so still very new to understanding the layout of what doors open under what circumstances. If it helps, I definitely have an industry focus in HC. Would love to hear thoughts and opinions on how to go about weighing this decision. If an MBA is a go, I'd like to get that ball rolling sooner rather than later.