QuoteOriginally posted by: nyashaQuote Yeah.. to be honest, initially I was thinking, because I am an international student from a US College, if I have some working experience in the US, I will differentiate myself from other students from China or India when I start looking for a job post-MFE.. At least, a year of working experience can prove my potential employer that I am able to communicate and work well in this country. But now, I think doing what I really like is much more important. I could always improve my communication skills more efficiently by writing and reading frequently, or talk often. Anyway, thank you so much! It really helps!I think you really hit the nail on the head with this: it's a very good reason to do the Fed role, as it's also got a lot of prestige outside the US, perhaps much more than any single investment bank experience. So you will stand out. The options leading on from the Fed are tremendous. For your particular circumstances, I think the Fed role has a lot less risk, which is better until you are more settled in the country: those signalling effects you allude to from working in the Fed are not to be underestimated, and their benefits will last your entire career. As for being patient, it's a virtue when starting out your career trajectory. At the Fed you won't build a stunning private sector CV overnight, but you will lay very solid foundations for a career wherever you end up. Also, with Fed experience under your belt you'll likely be able to parachute into top schools for postgrad, if you wish, even improving upon the CMU MSCF. ---------End distractionThank you so much.. I have thought everything just as you have thought about. However, I have noticed that almost everyone worked in the Federal Reserve system stayed in the system. I used linkedin and try to see how those people doing in Chicago Fed, and most of them (90%) stayed working for the government. I understand it is a safe job with a lot of good benefits, but it is really not what I want to do. I still want to gain some detailed insights and practical skills on financial derivatives trading. To do this, especially in structuring, from what I know, stochastic calculus and some financial computing is a must. Since I come from a Liberal Arts College, I could not take some advanced maths classes. Our school simply does not offer them. Nor financial related classes. Ionly peaked into the financial market through our economics class, which did not provide me with any solid training. Since I want to get ready for the Chinese market as soon as possible. There is already some signs that the government is gradually opening up the derivative market in China. So in order to do this, I need some experience from a top Investment Bank. Even though I am not sure if I could realize my goal, I still want to work towards that direction. Thank you so much for your suggestion. I really appreciated!