What about the Average Joe?
I'm currently in my first year of ibanking and in my limited free time I often think about--as I'm sure many other do--getting a top bucket bonus, going on to an elite buyside firm, then to HSW, partner at a PE firm, yada yada yada. Now while if everyone on this forum could make partner atby 30, everything would be fine and dandy. But the reality is that that's just not in the cards for everyone (or barely anyone, really), and while it was difficult to get to where I am now, the difficulty of actually fulfilling that path is 50x harder.
My question is how does the average guy/girl fare in this industry coming from 2-3 years of banking? Let's fast forward 15 years after they finish their analyst stint. What are some good-not-great positions for a 35-40 year old in this industry? CFO at a small, private company? VP at a PE firm?
Appreciate any insight from those who have gone down similar paths or personally know some who have.