White House --> ?????

A guy from my high school 2 years younger had a carpet cleaning business his freshman year of college (went to a very non-target). Got a job cleaning the floors of Trump Tower in 2014. He saw an application to intern at Trump Tower and took the opportunity (summer 2015). Fast forward a bit and he is now working on Trumps campaign. Trump wins and this guy is given a position in the White House as one of the highest ranking official's staff assistants.

My question to you WSO is....

What are this guys exit opps? If one was staff assistant to a high ranking official (cabinet), where do you go from there? Harvard Law/MBA? Straight to MF PE/HF? VC? Congress?

I really have no idea, but am curious. Anyone know someone whose been there? Let a monkey know!

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Comments (10)

Dec 19, 2017

Why does it matter? Let the dude live his life. With that said, it's whatever he makes it to be. It depends on where his passions and aspirations lie. You can get into Investment banking from a Top 15 MBA, Big Law from a T14 Law School etc.)

Dec 19, 2017

Agree with GoldmanOrBust that we should let the guy live his life, but sounds like he'll probably just ride out the days with the Trump admin. Don't see why he'd do anything different. If Trump really likes him, this guy will probably get jobs from Trump for the rest of his days.

Dec 20, 2017

Damn can't a guy be curious? I thought it was pretty interesting how he got there, but I genuinely have no clue what people do after that type of thing


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Dec 19, 2017

The main exit opp from this administration is straight to hell.

when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression

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Dec 20, 2017

so edgy, really going out on a limb with the trump hate

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Jan 20, 2018

So you think he'll stay in poliitcs?

Dec 20, 2017

If he is well connected, anything could happen. I'm sure he'd have a kickass letter/work exp.

Dec 24, 2017

I'd say the exit opp is presidential candidacy, or being the main character in a film like Goodwill Hunting.

Dec 27, 2017

Inside the Beltway, staff asst. at the WH, being the lowest level of political appointee, is just not very prestigious. I've seen a lot of ppl going to law school coming from these jobs. If it's in the West Wing, you rubbed shoulders with VIPs, brought POTUS his morning coffee every day, etc., more doors would open. Still not an instant ticket to greatness though.

When I left the Reagan Admin. in 1986 as a special asst/speechwriter -- one rung up the ladder from staff asst. -- I got an editorial job at a NYC policy think tank and thought I was damn lucky to get it. However, I was friends with a guy about 10 years older, who'd left the Ford Admin. from the same level of job and got hired as David Rockefeller's personal asst. In that case I think it was school/club affiliation that got him the opportunity rather than experience in the political job per se.

There's a special program placing hot shots from various backgrounds into low-level, but important and high profile political jobs, which has excellent exit placement. It's called the White House Fellowships. Best government program by far for private sector exit opps.


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Jan 21, 2018