Is there a path to Banking for me?
Long story, short:
I went to a state flagship on the GI Bill, and due to a major change as a sophomore, I ran out of GI Bill and had to choose between taking out more loans and spending an additional year finishing my finance degree or finishing my information systems degree on time, and before my GI Bill ran out. I finished my Information Systems degree in December, and now work at a Fortune 50 as an IT manager for the team that supports the C-suite. I hate my job and want to switch to banking.
Slightly longer story:
In my current role, I manage 2 direct report technicians, and 3 contractors who provide L1/L2 Help desk to the executive suite and their assistants. I also sit in on a lot of meetings, including the finance leadership team's meetings. We're currently in the process of some M&A work, and I'm absolutely enthralled by the details of what's going on, and it makes me realize how poor of a fit my job is for me. On top of that, my Fiancee is about to start full time at a BB in NYC in Equity Research, and I'm well, not in NYC (trying to maintain some form of confidentiality.)
Additionally, I feel like my current job has no career progression potential. It sounded like a sweet gig when I took it (it was pitched as joining an internal IT consulting team that would report to the CIO. What is actually is amounts to help desk manager, albeit for powerful people.) I spend 80-90% of my day sitting around with nothing to do, and if I stay at the company I'm stuck in this role for 2-3 more years.
6-year Military Veteran (Nuclear Power AND Intelligence background)
Cancer survivor (thus the dual military careers) - I don't actually care about this, but some people think I should use it as a good story.
Graduated from a State Flagship (but by no means a public Ivy) with a 3.7 (Cum Laude)
Previously admitted as a transfer student to Columbia, didn't take it for the same GI Bill reason I had to drop one of my majors
Got a 660 on the GMAT with less than two weeks prep (I plan on studying for a few months and taking again)
I'm 100% sure I can get at least one C-level rec, and am 50% sure on a second.
I'm at a loss as far as what I should/can do to make the transition. Some people have recommended I try to get into IT at a bank and then try to move to ops and then MAYBE one day get a front office job, some have recommended an MsF and then try again at an entry level position, and of course, some people recommend an MBA. I know that the technical aspects of my current job aren't doing me any favors, but I do feel like I'm learning a lot and gaining some valuable experience in my daily interactions with the C-suite (up to and including the CEO/CFO's) as well learning about how they think sitting in their meetings, even if I'm only running slides for them.
Any constructive advice is GREATLY Appreciated.