I am sure I am not alone in this but anybody else coming to the end of the line in banking and unsure what to do?
My background is a little different so I have worked my way up to an M&A role. Each step along the way was pretty well defined. I jumped to better opportunities and it was always a no brainer on what route to take.
I am now just coming up to 2 years in banking and thinking about options and for the first time in my career I am unsure about what route to take. I feel like I have too many options now.
I like investing but my experience is probably not strong enough to land a buy side role and I cannot say I am crazy on the sell side research route.
PE is appealing but I am pretty burnt out with the hours/stress/pressure of banking and always been on call.
Corp development really appeals to me the most but the pay is pretty weak and it almost feels like I have busted my ass to get here and it seems like a little bit of a waste to settle for the lower paycheck and limited earnings potential (unless you land a c-suite role which you need some luck for).
I know you can't have it all but just wondering did anybody else face a similar dilemma? How did you deal with it?
Would be particularly interested to hear from people who went the corporate development route and if they regret not staying on the track with potential to earn big money and your experiences to date.