Brief history - graduated from a top engineering program from a public university, and went to work for an IT consultancy. After 2 years, I was able to jump to(leveraged all of the process work experience on my resume) and now after 2 years I am part of a strategy group within one of the management consulting practices (not the pure strategy group).
recently gave off-cycle raises "to stay competitive with market realities" to the management consulting practice, so now I am sitting at 105K base. I will get promoted to Manager in September which will bring my base to 120 - 130K. I am only 26 years old. Surprisingly has treated me well. At the manager level, this is already above what MBA recruits come in at.
I travel every week and save a lot of money because of per diems, etc. so thats anotheror so added to my base.
Question: Does it even make sense to go back and get a top MBA and try to get intoor PE/VC? The more I consider the opportunity costs vs. reward, it just does not make sense. Does prestige really matter to me? Not really... and I know is not the most prestigous place.... but 120K in the hole for tuition plus another 240K opportunity cost of not working? What would you recommend?