Feasible Career path?

I'm a pre-freshman looking to enroll at a top public state university business school or private schools of similar caliber. I've been thinking a lot about my ultimate career goals, and trying to plan my next 5 moves. I've come to ask WSO since I want more experienced minds perspectives. I ultimately want to get a job in investment banking out of undergrad, which shouldn't be too difficult given my school. After IB, which I'd want to stay in for 2 or 3 years and pay off student loans, I'd like to exit into an Intelligence agency OR a Startup. I've always wanted to serve my country so I thought it'd be something I'd enjoy, although there'd be a huge pay cut. Is this something even feasible, have you ever heard of anyone exiting into Intelligence agencies? All criticism appreciated.

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Mar 23, 2021 - 11:07pm

Depending on which school I matriculate to, it could be anywhere from 30k to 100k. That's why I was planning on staying in IB for 2-3 years so I can definitely pay it off. Intelligence Agencies like the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security... I am more interested in this exit op. as of right now, the startup thing is kind of if something arises that interests me down the road.

Mar 25, 2021 - 3:55pm

Just go ROTC in college, get your college paid for, go into Military Intelligence, get out, get an MBA (paid for by GI bill) and then do whatever you want.

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Mar 25, 2021 - 4:48pm

I find this quite interesting actually, I'm just concerned about the time commitment. Would I need an MBA if I graduated with a BBA from a top Business school? What do the exits (in finance or related industries) look like with an MBA? If you know, how difficult is it to try to do the route above instead (school --> IB ---> National intelligence)?

Mar 25, 2021 - 4:58pm

I find this quite interesting actually, I'm just concerned about the time commitment. Would I need an MBA if I graduated with a BBA from a top Business school? What do the exits (in finance or related industries) look like with an MBA? If you know, how difficult is it to try to do the route above instead (school --> IB ---> National intelligence)?

I think your better route is undergrad to intelligence to MBA to IB. It might be hard to go to intel after IB. Actually, intel after IB might be a large downgrade. You probably want to do intel first and then you'll have good exit opportunities after IB.

"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

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