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Careers that allow one to get BAEC GGL at a young age

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Old Jan 14, 19, 4:34 pm
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I am not in MBB, but in one of the big 4 consulting firms and I know plenty of BA Golds and GGLs in our firm, in their mid to late 20s.

It depends on the particular client or project you end up on, but I do know of a few quite junior people who travel in J longhaul pretty much every week or at least fortnightly, especially if the client is in a country where our firm may have a smaller footprint. Popular client destinations seem to include South Africa, ME (especially Dubai) and HKG. Our US firm is huge so it's less usual to end up on a US engagement where weekly travel is needed.

The consulting skills needed for travel can be anything from business strategy, digital strategy, org design, technical implementations, cyber advisory, tax advisory, financial advisory, natural resources, property - in fact all sorts of things!

But I do also see a lot of very burnt out people who haven't hit 35 yet
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Old Jan 14, 19, 4:52 pm
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Originally Posted by xjk1 View Post
Specifically, which would allow me to fly enough (at the front) to become GGL before I turn 30 and allow me to maintain a heavy flying schedule until about 40 before cooling down to max. 10 trips a year from then onwards?
Why dedicate your life to all of that study when you can become a profession travel blogger?
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Old Jan 15, 19, 12:44 am
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Originally Posted by TomMM View Post
Why dedicate your life to all of that study when you can become a profession travel blogger?
My 7-year old has decided that he is leaving school at 8 to be a full time YouTuber.

The problem is that it is actually a fairly good idea, looking at the earning potential (1m pa is far, far easier from YouTube than from a blog) and his Daddy is not exactly well placed to argue :-)
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Old Jan 15, 19, 12:48 am
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Old Jan 15, 19, 4:13 am
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Originally Posted by Jagboi View Post
Oil and Gas has had a very rough last 3 years, you won't be seeing any J travel as a new hire. A phrase I have heard more than once is that "oil is only found in the armpit of the world", i.e. typically not places you'd ever want to visit. Siberia or Ft St John BC in January come to mind, or Saudi in July. Or Oklahoma anytime
Here to chime in a word, Old Mdm MeltingAlf got a lot less travel in an oil and gas firm than her previous job. Sometimes it really depends what you get, and where as well. Even in MBB, I think it really depends on which office you're based in as well.

Also, OP, you're not much younger than me - maybe 4 or 5 years?, and there was a time I was in your position; where my mum's SQ PPS seems rad and amazeballs, and that seems like a thing to gun for - except I've never thought that long term like you. Sooner or later you'll realise it's just a card, really, like how I felt after getting my Aegean *G for the first time. It's just what it is - ok, what's next?

These days I find that I enjoy flying more when I get to interact with people - sitting in the cheap seats at the back of the Qantas A380 upper deck and talking to the crew, than in one of those solitary seats up front with minimal contact. Perhaps you don't feel so now, but there might be a day that you very well value human contact enough to give up a significant portion of your flying.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 4:21 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
This is what I did.

Get a job that pays shed loads of money, has little travel but long holiday entitlements (30 days plus bank holidays). I was a partner in a private equity fund but you don't need to be that ambitious .....

The benefits of this are:

a) business travel is a lot less fun than personal travel, so minimising it means you don't start hating flights / lounges / airline food / luxury hotels etc

b) you will earn lots of money so you can fully maximise those 30 days leave plus bank holidays to run up exciting personal travel - which, importantly, you will still find fun because you won't have become jaded due to excessive business travel

The main reason I started recruiting full time staff for Head for Points is thatI didn't want to do all the travel. I still need to find it fun. As I always say, the day I wake up in the morning and go 'sod it, another blinkin' first class flight to do today' is the day I sell up and go home.
This is what I did too. Got a job that I love so it's basically a hobby, has zero travel, but requires me to work only 168 days a year for a shed load of money which allows me to travel entirely for leisure. Would definitely recommend.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 4:43 am
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
This is what I did too. Got a job that I love so it's basically a hobby, has zero travel, but requires me to work only 168 days a year for a shed load of money which allows me to travel entirely for leisure. Would definitely recommend.
Totally agreed with that. I adore my job (most of the time) and don't have to work that much (I think it was about 100 days last year!) to keep the bills paid and was able to do a lot of very enjoyable leisure travel.

Of course the problem for me with self employment in a changing marketplace is that you have to evolve to adapt and the work travel started to make everything fit...
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Old Jan 16, 19, 11:54 am
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Thank you all for the responses!!!! I really wasn't expecting so much advice - I really appreciate it. And, apologies - I would reply to everyone individually but I think there are too many responses for that to be feasible - I really wasn't expecting so many responses. Thank you all again!

I guess the main takeaways then are (i) Corporate travel may be over-hyped (ii) Pursue only careers which truly intrest me and which I'd truly enjoy (I was largely planning this - travel &hope of GGL would just be a nice perk and may have swayed me in a direction if I was undecided) (iii) Having (a lot of) money and holidays => Lots of quality high-end leisure travel which is enjoyable > lots of forced business travel which is not enjoyable (at least after a while) (iv) Have fun at university and pursue academic interests and don't be overly career oriented (although a bit of that is okay) (v) Flying less in J/F at a young age may be better in the long term to help me appreciate the luxury that it is when I'm older and to ensure that my pleasure of flying does not go with time (vi) Friendship/ Family/ relationships, at some point, become more important than flying (vii) If I do want to fly a lot in J/F, then IB/ Law/ MBB consulting or similar such industries are where to look. If I chose to pursue a career as a development Economist or similar, there'd be less of that to look forward to (although, correct me if I'm wrong, but World Bank has strictly J+ policy for long-haul, right?).

Thank you all again for your insights & advice - maybe I'll be back in a few years with GGL under "Program Affiliations" posting all the latest about BA & BAEC on these threads!
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