I'm thinking of next steps...
I'm a 29yo female. I've done an FDLP program in an F10 firm + 4 yrs FP&A analyst. I'm in a role that I picked up last summer to create an FP&A department in a subsidiary acquisition going from private to public. It seemed like a creative type role. I was hoping to blow it out of the park and snag the FP&A manager/director role at the subsidiary. I pulled some all nighters to deliver and really took ownership of the FP&A function here. 8 months into the role, a new CFO waltzed in and is bringing his buddy from his last firm. Not having rapport with him, I didn't feel confident enough to press for the role.
I'm not exactly CFO material... I work hard and work makes up most of what I consider to be my life, but I'm too creative to fit that corporate finance leadership type. I am at a loss as to what I should do for my career path (short and long term). I've been interviewing to get a feel of the market, but nothing really catches my eye. What types of next steps are good career maneuvers for FP&A professionals?
I think my lack of geographic mobility complicates things... I purchased rental properties and would hate to manage them remotely. I'm in a decent market but it's definitely not NY, Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, etc. I've worked solely in industries that build a tangible product. I feel like I'm getting stale in a firm with no upward mobility. For someone ambitious as me, it's downright depressing!
I've considered consulting for a finance solution like Hyperion, maybe go into finance software sales or an FP&A manager role... curious to know your thoughts.