Finance, Industry, Consulting to Public Sector Roles?
I know the very notion of switching over to the public sector is probably blasphemous here, but I'm curious about this because there are a lot of areas where the analytical/speaking skills you'd build in IB or consulting can transfer to some pretty cool careers on the other side.
Granted, you likely would need an advanced degree (policy, law, data science, or some Ph.D.) from a target school (+ some insane networking) to do the really cool stuff, but as an example: The FBI, CIA, United Nations, State Dept., FTC, SEC, NSA, DOI, DHS, DOD, DOE, Senate, House of Reps, etc. all have some really interesting roles for people with industry-specific/general business backgrounds.
I've done a deep dive out of curiosity, and you'd be surprised at what's out there. Sure, the TC isn't as great, but I suppose you'your comp for access, eventual influence as you build a network, and the ability to achieve some pretty wild benefits/exits. Examples include: Becoming a leader in an admin agency, tax-exempt salaries (in some cases), getting moved in-house for insane TC w/ a gov contractor, becoming a diplomat/COS/advisor to big names on the Hill/corporate PACs/intl agencies, getting TS clearance + getting insight into the political/governance machine, private club membership, committee membership, driving impactful decision-making).
Despite the apparent lacking TC in non-leader roles, one could definitely argue for the prestige of working your way into the elite groups in DC, as their version of a PE exit for a partner track is becoming a Senior Legislative staffer (huge exits into lobbying), Chief of Staff, Chief Advisor, agency Director, Committee Chair, Consular, and a slew of other titles.
That being said, I'm wondering: Anyone here ever move from consulting, banking, or industry to a national/international agency? Government contracting? Intelligence? This is less of an interest area of mine, and more a curiosity because I think it would be cool to hear anyone's story (if it exists). I'm also less concerned with political affiliation, as the best roles appear to be rather agnostic politically.
Definitely would love to hear from you if you're one of those people!