A little background on myself - just turned 18 years old and am currently enrolled in community college and will be attending the fall semester. My plan is to get my associates degree at community college and then transfer to a university. Why this route? Things are much cheaper and this will allow me to boost my grade point average as I blew high school off for the most part, earning a lousy 2.0 average. I will be aiming for no lower than a 3.6GPA throughout college, but will target a 3.8+GPA.
As of today, I am getting my associates in computer information systems and am then going to transfer to a university and achieve my bachelor's degree in computer science; then moving on to work for the government/consulting firm, eventually starting my own private consulting firm after 5-10 yrs.
For the past year or so, I've been really considering the finance route though, as for making the move to the NYC area and becoming an investment banker at a major firm/bulge bracket, working my way up the corporate ladder.
Now I am quite tech savvy and marketing savvy; definitively interested in the world of finance and feel I would be a great fit. I do not mind working the long hours and so fourth because of the great pay...not only the pay but the overall opportunity to be working in NYC as an investment banker. I am quite ambitious and truly feel this would be a very rewarding job.
My question is, do I follow my dream ever since the 4th grade of working in the field of computer forensics, as for handling cyber crime, etc...OR take the finance route and become an investment banker in the NYC area? I guess my main worry is that if coming to a firm/bulge bracket from lets say Wayne State University (michigan based) with a bachelor's in finance, they would clearly take the NYU grad with a bachelor's in finance no? It makes sense to me. Going the computer forensics route, I'd secure a job for sure and would be worry free, as opposed to finance were I would be taking a lot of risk...or am I looking at the finance field wrong?
Thanks to everyone in advance.