How to use a finance career as an excuse to see the world?

So I am headed into a top US MSF program and have a background in boutique IB, corp fin in Europe, and am headed into an investment management/research position.

I'm fortunate to be from a family that is well off financially, and as a result my salary is more a means for me to establish independence and use it as a way to experience life, so I'm not super pressed on it. A few years down the road I have the option to pivot to the family business, etc... Part of my rationale for a finance career is understanding the business operations, and to 'talk the talk', and generally become a more sociable and professional individual. 

I had the chance to live in Europe for a few months for a corporate finance internship and absolutely loved seeing different ways of living, eating, art, culture, history, etc... and want to keep exploring. IB and other careers like it are so time consuming that I don't believe that I would really be able to enjoy much of my life beyond work. I'd love to travel with my family but they are so busy that we hardly find any open windows, especially for going abroad.

I was hoping to hear any suggestions for career paths with my background or experience that I can use as a means to see the world. I'd love to live in/visit Singapore (my siblings went there for 3 months for an internship and loved it), Hong Kong, much of Europe, and even more obscure places. 

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Jun 28, 2022 - 4:28pm
Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Probably ideal for you would be to find a large company with an international presence (and then transfer around in the world), or an opportunity that allows you to WFH wherever you want. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jun 28, 2022 - 5:54pm

Sounds like a interesting/viable path: any idea if my IB/Corp Fin experience will be adequate in getting into a role like this? Would love to get face time with others in a professional setting internationally like this 

Jun 28, 2022 - 9:45pm
InterestedParty99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Curious - if you want to see the world why choose a MSF in the US? Why not some other city that you want to explore if money is not a concern? Singapore, London, Europe have great Master options and easier to be recruited locally.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jun 29, 2022 - 2:14am

I am from the US and it was my pipeline for my obvious option, which is to remain in the US (family/friends are all here). Maybe an MBA internationally in 4-5 years will be a different path.

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Jun 29, 2022 - 3:54am

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