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Agreed that an MBA is probably the best way to get into consulting. Another option is to use your network to your advantage. Setup coffee interviews with people in consulting. Sometimes they'll know of opportunities at their firm or at other firms and can make an intro.
It's tough when you don't have the established network of an ivy school, but looking at your friends or friends of friends can often make up for the lack of a college network.
Agreed with Chris' advice. But, I would add that you should avoid applying at entry-level jobs because you'll come off over qualified.
If I were you, I'd start with Manager-level positions or jobs that explicitly list that an MBA is preferred.
All the advice above is solid. One thing I'd say is add more skills that are relevant to a business/finance/accounting role. Beyond Excel and Access, you have more Adobe skills. Any experience with Google Sheets, MySQL, etc?
Yeah...my advice was going to be similar to James'. At this point, your MBA will ice you out from entry-level jobs, but that's not a bad thing because if you did do this you'd take a huge pay cut.
I saw your note about going down FP&A and M&A, I'd take a look at this search result I found on Indeed: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=m%26a&l=New+York,+NY&jt=fulltime
Note: I don't think you're in NYC but there's a lot of good finance jobs there. If you're not in New York, change the city to wherever you are or want to be.
Though it might seem like a good idea to get your foot in the door, I've seen a lot of people get pigeon-holed into a specific job once they start down that track. If you can, it might make sense to continue to apply for jobs that you're more passionate about even if it means the hunt will take longer.
TL;DR - a little more time spent finding the right job now may pay off later.
This is how I found out about Huttle. Good article and cool platform, Chris!
Advice from everyone else is good. I'd add that you might want to look outside of where you currently live. Writing and startup jobs are generally in big cities (SF, NYC) so if you're not in one of those cities I'd consider including those in my search.
You should let the other companies know that you have an offer letter, and that you need to make a decision in X number of days. Tell them that you're most exciting for their opportunity and that you'd be grateful if they could expedite your review so you could make the most informed decision.
I give this advice to peers and friends in this situation and usually it's a win-win. Either you find out quickly that you're not a fit at your #1 company and you take the offer from company #2 or you force #1 to speed things up, you get an offer quickly, and it's usually a better offer.
I've been doing operations at ecommerce startups for a while now, and I love it. In the beginning, it was a lot of learning, and then I made my way up the ladder. Eventually was able to pursue my MBA and come out as a Director.
Building teams and watching people on my team grow has been very rewarding, and I continue to learn every day.
If you do end up hating your job, start figuring out what you like and go after those interests instead. Not everyone has to hate their job, but a lot of people hate their job because they aren't willing to change their current situation.
Second the "what are your longer term aspirations" question. If you want to get back into sports you could always leverage your MBA into a job in finance, ops, marketing, etc.