TLDR: What actionable steps should a 3rd year IB analyst take to quickly begin seeking other opportunities?
Long Version: I'm a 3rd year analyst in U.S.&A who lateraled from another group. I've been in a top or near top bucket for the last two years and have a few people at the firm who hold me in high regard. My undergrad credentials are solid enough but not platinum status (e.g., not like a 3.9 at HYP). I've begun to take on some associate responsibilities, but I may not get promoted and don't really want to. I'm starting to feel pretty burnt out, but the problem is I have no idea of what I want to do next. I enjoy working in the financial industry, particularly on complex situations, and I enjoy being paid well. I'm willing to sacrifice some of that, however, to have a bit more of a life in my next role.
I have never gone through recruiting because in my prior group people generally stayed on for the long haul. I'd be interested in investing,roles. I'm particularly interested in the specialty finance / FinTech space and financial industry more generally but open minded in terms of industry.
I don't have a ton of closed deals I can point to, but I have worked on a few interesting situations (mostly M&A related) where I did some real work but which died on the vine.
I'm wondering now what I should be doing to kickstart my job search and go from a standing start to building a real career. I fear that I've procrastinated this and focused too much on my current role despite its lack of appeal to me. Obviously I have some sense of what this entails, yet I don't feel like the typical PE track necessarily fits my goals or experience.
Also feel free to PM me with any insights. It would be much appreciated.
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