For background information, I work as an associate in one of Europe's leading special situations middle-market fund and previously in investment banking (M&A - Generalist). Additionally I passed CFA II 6 months ago.
In my job I feel very satisfied, I have recognition and a lot of autonomy when it comes to deals. Additionally, I have been fast-tracked this year, going from Associate I to Associate III in 1 year when the average promotion from Associate I to II is 2 years.
I would like to do an MBA (top school in EUR, USA) in the next years (I am 27 years old) but I am worried about several things: (i) if I do the MBA I would do it with approx 30 years which would mean finishing the MBA with 31-32 (depending on the program), (ii) opportunity cost in terms of career, (iii) I work in Southern Europe and here the opportunities in PE are limited (even more in Special Situations) and (iv) due to personal reasons (stable couple) I believe it is possible to be 2 years away, but then with almost 100% probability I would have to return to my country.
With all of the above, even though I see that an MBA can help me (especially one like Columbia - a lot of focus on investment) I have doubts about whether it is the way to go and invest time in it. From your experience, how do you see it?