The older I get the more I realize: YOLO. I have always wanted to live in NYC so last week I went up, met with a real estate broker and signed a lease. What I want to do, however, is my next issue to tackle.
My dilemma is, I do not have a college degree nor do I have any experience working for a company as I have been self-employed since high school. As the saying goes: the harder you work, the luckier you get. Fortunately, my hard work has paid off and has afforded me the luxury to do something that I have always wanted to do: move to NYC. I am in the construction industry and have a medium-sized real estate portfolio consisting of large commercial properties and industrial parks up and down the East Coast. With that said, I have plenty of real-world experience and connections, many of which who sit at the big boy table.
Is it possible to leverage my capital, credit and connections to land a job in PE, IB or VC or will I have a hard time due to a lack of education and corporate experience [or rather, working for someone else]? I can forgo benefits: retirement, healthcare, etc. as they will not be needed. I also do not need a competitive salary as it won't be my primary source of income; instead, it's just to keep two parties honest.
Though I have been pretty successful at what I have done, I believe that I am leaving a lot on the table by not becoming a more well-rounded individual in the business world. It's easy to put together 2 plus 2, but I feel like there is a lot more to learn that will ultimately advance my [as well as others] life. My goal is to further give back, especially to aspiring entrepreneurs and single mothers (Ex.: Big Brother Big Sister).
I'm struggling to figure out how to approach companies. Do you guys (and ladies) have any advice on how to go about finding a job?