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Breaking into Consulting post-MBA, have opportunity to join as Senior consultant either in AI strategy or in Payments Strategy (up to me). Finding it tricky to decide on my own. What are the exit opportunities like? Any other suggestions?

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I mean what do you want to do - long term? Do you want to work in finance space or do you want to work in AI - I think functional is better than industry I.e AI but payments is a rapidly evolving space. That said you can always pivot but the longer you are in something the harder it will be.

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Thank you for your response. I am of the opinion that I would enjoy working in either, it is an even split in terms of preference. Hence the focus on exit opportunities or other rewards associated with the industry. My hope is to find insider insights with this post. A quick linkedin job search shows that the payments space has more senior positions open across a diverse set of consulting firms/FIs, whereas AI Strategy seems to be really limited to a few selective firms. Any opinion on that?

Payments will eventually be consumed by banks and you’ll be back into banking (where everyone is)… AI is niche and on the cutting edge. Better options there for eventual exit

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I don't think I agree that it will be consumed by banks, if anything the advent of open banking should see payments opening up to non-banking financial institutions

OP, I would hit up alumni and ask them. Alumni in the industry and at Deloitte. Do informational interviews before deciding

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Thank you, I'm trying this already. It's been trickier than it should have been to identify people in AI strategy. Payments, people have ended up at Keaerney/accenture - AI strategy I see most staying back at Deloitte.

Position is at Deloitte.

What was your pre-MBA WE?

client facing tech work - a mix of service management, software dev and customer success management

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Don’t think about exist strategies when you’re not even in the industry yet. Get in, I the work, perform well, the rest will follow

Not very helpful. Exit opportunities are another way of stating future options in this career path. To pursue a career path without looking at the where it will lead is irrational and not very consultant like.

Are your technical? Can you code? Or just know the core concepts? Or what draws your to AI?

Apparently I can, weird. I am technical, and yes, I can code fairly well thanks to my comp sci background and interests. Having said that, my draw towards AI is not in data modeling, but data strategy. I don't see myself growing a lot building models in an industry saturated by MMAs and PHDs

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