I'm currently a 2nd year IB analyst at a non-/ /MS/elite boutique firm, and spent ~1.5 year in a Big 4 audit group prior to lateraling into IB. I intend on staying for a 3rd year analyst position in the same bank to lengthen my employment history but don't have plans to pursue direct promotion to associate. After my 3rd year, my options are to move to another company (be it corp dev, strategy, PE) or to go the bschool route at this point.
Now my question is how would it look upon admissions if I spent another year or two at a different job after IB and then applied to bschool? My concern is that on paper it'll look like I'll have jumped around a lot and not shown any consistent length of employment, particularly if I don't pursue a finance related position after my 3rd year. I've still got some time to think about what to do after, but currently I'm leaning away from PE and possibly consulting. I understand I probably can't get intopre-MBA at this time and would take a pay cut, but I think the skills that I'd develop between Big 4, IB and consulting would make me a pretty unique candidate in the future regardless of where I end up.