What would the next step be…?
I have a background in management – I’ve run (in order) my own successful business, a national retail chain (90 branches) and most recently had national (profit and loss) responsibility for running finance products through a major bank’s branch network.
At 45, I recently took a redundancy and am close to being offered a relationship manager role with a very large, and very well known, accounting firm.
I like the firm, I like the people I’ve met, I like the way sheer professionalism with which these guys do business, but the role is a departure from the kind of career I’ve built for myself so far.
I‘m happy for the career change (I really like change), but I can’t figure out what the next step in my career would be if I took this role. And having experienced the narrow focus of recruiters recently, I feel that if I walk away from the “I’ve managed 20 direct reports and grown the business by 42%” space, I might not get back there again on the strength of relationship management experience.
So my question: does anyone have an understanding of what relationship managers/account managers/business development managers in top tier professional services do as a next step in their careers?