I was hoping for some advice on the career options i might have after a few years of consulting and corporate finance experience and importantly, how to get out of where i currently am into something new.
To summarise my background, I have nearly five years of professional services experience; two at a Big 4 consulting outfit in the US and more recently three years in Transaction Services at another Big 4 in Operations Advisory and Restructuring solutions in London.
Fortunately I have done very well in terms of progression and have been promoted consistently to arrive at Senior Manager at 28 after 5 years in the game (next step Director).
However, I have absolutely no interest in becoming a Partner (or Director) in any of the consulting or accountancy related services any of the Big 4 offer and the job is really starting to get me down...boring me senseless and getting pretty depressed with it. I don’t think i can handle another report to write, PPT deck to churn or model to diligence. I've decided I need to move on (the easy part) but have limited ideas as to where I could go and what roles I could do in industry (or banking/commercial lending) perhaps with my background?
Despite the claims of super-employability, I am failing to believe consultants with my standard career history have anything really to offer in terms of getting roles away from consulting.
One careers advisor told me i’d be really suited to equity sales and that I should take the hit in terms of salary, start at the bottom again in some bank and cash in over 3-5 years. I have had similar conversations regarding acquisition finance and any analytical role with a sales twist, rather than locked in a cupboard on client site, reviewing financials or procurement strategy all day.
Specifically I wanted your advice as to any experience (first or second hand) you might have of friends / colleagues leaving consulting/corporate finance and the types of roles they went into (and importantly why you think they got them (i.e. relevant client or niche sector experience). I think my ideal job would be a CEO of mid-sized firm so that is perhaps the end goal. The question is, what should I do in the meantime to get there I guess?
Any advice will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,