I am a year out of graduation from a top undergrad B-school (Stern / Haas / McIntire) and working for a T2 Strategy consulting firm (sigh). The work is interesting but the M-TH travel gets old quick. Since starting with the firm one year ago, I've been local maybe 5 weeks out of the 52 total... This is a deal breaker over the long term.
I am starting to realize IBD may be a better career option than I previously thought. While I currently only work about ~65 hrs a week, id rather work 80-90 if it meant I wasn't on the road all the time. Additionally - the path for me to get to a decent bank is reasonably feasible via a top b-school (already in thru one of the 2+2 programs)
I am familiar with the bum rep post-MBA associates get on the street, often ragged on for being overpaid, know-it-all boners who can't keep up with second and third year IB Analysts. Also aware that PE/HF exit opps are virtually non-existent at the post-MBA associate level.
My questions: is this career path totally ill-advised? Aside from remaining at the bank, what are the good exits that one with my background (e.g. pre-MBA consulting and then post-MBA banking) might be qualified for? If one does stay at their bank, is the route from associate to vp and beyond a complete and utter crap shoot?
Any advice from the post-MBA extraordinaires on this forum would be greatly appreciated :-)