Do you consider networking or hustling a "skill"?EN
It seems like there has been a recent slew of existentialist posts these days- "what is your saga", "life goes on", etc. I figured I would add my contribution as well.
Like others, I might be doing banking for the wrong reasons- not really for the status, money, and certainly because of the accounting I've had to learn, but because, for some strange, bizarre reason, I really enjoy "hustling" my way into the industry from a complete non-target. I enjoy aggressively sending cold-emails, cold-calling firms and tracking down bankers, and practicing my "elevator pitch". I've really enjoyed the interview process, and I think I was actually happier before I landed my IBD SA rather than after. Simply put, I enjoyed the process of breaking into banking more than actually doing banking.
I realized this when I started my internship and talked to the others about their experiences. To be frank, the stories I heard were fairly boring- mostly finance majors that had taken an accounting class and dropped their resumes online. A lot of them actually enjoyed accounting more than cold-calling, hustling, or interviewing. The networking I've done is hardly analytical or intellectual in the normative sense, but it's been a hell of a ride. The problem is, it appears that the ride ends once you actually break into the industry and must work on pitchbooks and run models.
Look, I'm not judging bankers at all and in some respects, some of them are a lot smarter/hard-worker/more mature than me. But if "I" am not "them", should I just stop chasing banking and go into some sort of sales or relationship-based industry? Hedge fund sales? Salesforce? Bartending? Fundraising for the local neighborhood church? Or is there a need for me to develop an analytical/technical base before I start selling stuff?