FP&A, strategic finance career path
Question for the group - as I'm thinking about career path, I have 1 year in IB (), 1 year in FP&A/strategic finance (yes, that's what the dep't was called - we covered everything except accounting which was covered by separate team - so we did all capital raises, m&a, modeling for new business units, decks for board meetings etc), about to start year 2 in FP&A/strategic finance at different start-up. Given the different skills I've picked up from diff roles, curious about what people think career paths would be (looking for high comp $ but also interesting work), below are my initial thoughts based on my experience-
IB - learned modeling, transaction structures, excel
FP&A at startup 1 - improved excel, worked on m&a (closed 2), capital raise (closed 1), and worked with business unit leaders to forecast
FP&A at startup 2 - start this job next month, will learn SQL and work from databases instead of excel
Career options: a. stay in strategic finance (would do this happily), b. go to b-school / found startup (risky but high reward if successful) c. go to b-school / try to pivot into VC (long shot perhaps); my concern is that if my role gets too data-sciencey at this new FP&A job, will that take me away from a either of these paths?