A question I've seen addressed here and there, but I'm looking for people who have have actual experience (successful or not):
Just how hard is it to career switch intoat the pre-MBA level, assuming appropriate educational pedigree (hate having to say that) and current career is similar / leverages compatible skill set, but in a different industry (i.e., strategy-focused)?
A common reply to this question is, "why not just go get an MBA then get a job at MBB?" ... but aside from genuinely wanting to work at MBB, part of the hope is to go work at a firm that will actually sponsor an MBA a few years down the road; I honestly can't afford to get an MBA.
Has anyone been able to do this successfully? I'm assuming it boiled down to having networked and random spots opening up off-cycle? Any other tips, is this something that's basically impossible, etc.?