I'm finishing up my first year at a private ~Fortune 500 company in their corporate development group (M&A, VC investments, some JVs, board presentations). The company's industry is loosely classified as business services. I was incredibly lucky to get this opportunity after two years of non-IB experience. I thought it would be the perfect combination of work-life, money, and intellectual stimulation. I do generally love the work but I'm finding that the people don't share the same drive as me and I'm definitely getting underpaid for my title / position. My plan is to make it two years and move on.
Basically I view myself as having three potential exit opportunities, all of which intrigue me. I'm interested in MM PE, MM IB (ideally as an associate), or moving to a new corporate development group (with growth opportunities) where the hours are a bit more but the pay is significantly better.
I'm wondering how difficult these transitions may be, especially if I have a strong preference to avoid getting my MBA. An MBA is still on the table but I would prefer to save the time / money and focus my efforts elsewhere.
Thanks in advance!