Lateral Unlikely - Is MSF the answer?
I am a long shot that recently broke in at a very small regional boutique (extremely low GPA, non-target, late interest in finance - hustled and networked my ass off to get a gig). Although I am extremely grateful to have made it this far and I enjoy the work, I am not completely sold on my future at my boutique for a variety of reasons which I can get into if necessary. Now, I am looking to lateral to a much larger firm, however, a lateral from my firm seems extremely unlikely.
Recently, I've been looking into getting an MSF from a school like Vanderbilt or Villanova with hopes of honing my skills and knowledge of finance and possibly landing a gig at a much larger firm afterwards. Currently, I have under a year work experience at my boutique, coupled with an internship at another regional boutique and a 720 GMAT. I have an Econ degree from a non-target but top 50 or so uni. My degree was extremely quantitative (Econometrics, Calculus, Statistic, etc.) but virtually no finance/accounting/banking.
My questions to anyone who is more familiar with MSF programs is:
1.) What is placement at larger firms (BB, EB, Upper MM, etc.) for MSF grads at schools like this? Do the vast majority of MSF grads end up at boutiques or do they have a legit shot at BB and the like?
2.) Would a MSF make sense for someone with my profile, assuming that a lateral is extremely unlikely.
As I've said, I am enjoying the industry and the work, I am just not sold on the characteristics specific to Investment Banking at the boutique level.