I ended up accepting the consulting job and then doing something I have never done in my career--reneging on that acceptance. When I told my current boss, we had a few good conversations about my career, what I wanted out of a position over the next couple of years while I am in school, and where I see myself in the next 5-10 years.
He was also able to offer me a promotion to a management position which he was in the process of going through anyways. I also had a conversation with our CFO where he let me know that I am in line to take over my boss’ position as a Director when he leaves (while I take it with a grain of salt, he will likely leave in the next year or so for various reasons).
Hey the consulting company will get over it. Sound like it all worked out better than you could've imagine. Congrats on the promo!
And it's far better that you dropped the offer now than if you'd started work, gone through training, started managing projects, etc. and then decide to leave.
I've seen that happen way too many times.
I agree. Looks like things are better than expected!