It depends on what your expertise is in and if you are interested in managing a team. If you were not on the investing side, that could mean that you were in IT for many years. Your 80-hour work weeks should be worth something.But not everyone likes to manage people, even when it comes to other software engineers, so part of the question would focus on that.In terms of a non-conventional career path, it's not impossible. I know people with very strong skills in certain areas of finance, including quant work, who have worked for large banks, small hedge funds, themselves (offering consulting services), personal trading, and back to firms again, as consultants or founders/key employees once again.This depends to a great extent on network, personal reputation, and motivation though. You joked somewhere about being lazy. I suspect that it is not true, but if it is, then this type of option might require too much time and energy for you. If you tried to work with a headhunter, that could be difficult unless you find a very resourceful one who is open-minded about the more unusual paths in life. **Looking at your post again, you might consider looking into micro finance, if you want to be involved in poverty-alleviation projects.
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