Beyond the Uniform is a show to help military veterans navigate their civilian career. Each week, I meet with different veterans to learn more about their civilian career, how they got there, and what advice they'd give to other military personnel.
“There is an insatiable appetite [at top tier business schools]... at these schools for people who have real leadership backgrounds, and they view the military as an incubator for that." – Bobby Farina
Bobby Farina is a Partner at Sixpoint Ventures, after having spent over 10 years in the Financial Services industry. Bobby attended the US Air Force Academy, where he studied Management, prior to entering the intelligence community as an Information Security Specialist. Although he obtained his MS in in Information Security at Johns Hopkins University while on Active Duty, he chose to attend Columbia Business School after he separated from the Air Force.
In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:
His decision to leave the Air Force, and how he thought about the Reserves
Using grad school while in the military to offset a low GPA from undergrad and boost grad school admission chances
Considering the opportunity cost of pursuing a master's degree vs. entering industry right away
Recommendations for schools focusing on finance and advice on how to get in
A breakdown of the Financial Services industry and where veterans fit in