Been doing m&a /for 2 years and am one of the few analysts who absolutely loves it. For example:
- get a kick when I get a complex model working / make something from scratch
- absolutely killer when seniors take me out for a client meeting and I get to exchange business cards and contribute to client discussions
- love it when I get praised by VPs/MDs for being a 'good guy' and 'sharp'
- feel great when I need to teach / explain stuff to and new joiners (no arrogance, treat them with complete respect)
- love seeing the new analyst / intern class every year - smartest graduates in the country, all willing to give everything to succeed (though quite a few give up in 6months)
- enjoy working with lot of different teams in banks to meet more and more TypeA people, see how they react to situations and how they operate in life in general
- love networking all the time and increasing my contact base
Is this weird? For me it's hard to imagine life outside the bank / finance industry anymore in general...