I recently finished a course in representation theory, and while I learned a lot from it, I know that there's a lot more in the subject that I missed. For the course we used Fulton and Harris as a reference, but really only took exercises from it; the course notes were the professor's own notes. And having read through Fulton and Harris a little, I realize that it's pretty hard to learn from.
So I'm looking for a text on representation theory geared toward early graduate students (or even advanced undergraduates) that have NO experience in the subject whatsoever. Preferably with lots of examples, computations, and loads of exercises that is generally considered good for self-study. I want to start at the beginning again and really develop my intuition and fill in gaps in my knowledge. My preference also is to work with finite groups, but I assume most books at the level I want cover finite groups at least some, and this is certainly not a deal-breaker. Anyone have any suggestions?
Perhaps that list narrows things too much, but anything that has a sufficient number of these qualities should do. Thank you!