I could use a bit of advice on choosing a career path for after I get my MBA. I'm planning to apply to programs next summer, and for a few months now I've been running with the idea of becoming a management consultant after getting an MBA. But upon looking at the consulting lifestyle more closely, I'm becoming less sure that this is a good path.
I don't care about working hard per se. What I do care about is not having enough time to start/maintain a family, or take care of myself (exercise, decent food, a bit of recreational reading here and there).
I've considered banking as well, but what that lacks in travel hassles it makes up in sheer working hours, among other things.
...And, what else? I don't know. Career corporate man? That path doesn't really exist anymore, does it? Or at best, it seems to end in a morass of middle management, with lots of stress and low pay.
So, I have a bit of tunnel vision here: it looks like consulting, or i-banking. Conceptually, I realize that this is probably a false dichotomy. But I'm having trouble seeing other options.
Except for a strong aversion to marketing, largely I don't care what I do. I just need to make a reasonable living (inflation-adjusted equivalent of 120-150k+ a few years into my post-MBA career).
A forum for bankers and consultants may not be the best place to inquire about "other" options, but I thought I'd try :) So, what are some other career paths that you all have pursued, or know of?