HF Analyst Life
So I am an An2 at a sweatshop group. I am absolutely burnt out and have been ground to the death of me. I have been looking to leave soon for immediate start roles that are much lighter work hours and better WLB (Corp Dev, Co-Invest/, etc.). I know that the job is much less interesting and would be a "step-down" in terms of prestige and intellectual pursuit in terms of what I could pursue in a buyout shop but I realized I'd rather have an interesting life with interesting hobbies.That being said there has been a part of me that wants to regain the drive I used to have and do something that is meaningful - I just can't deal with consistent 3-4am nights, fire drills, and having no control over my life.
I was recently invited to interview with aand it seems like this might be a good blend of what I am looking for. Appears to be a stressful job that demands a lot around market hours (+ a few hours before and after) but the work is genuinely interesting (no dumb process work) and everyone on WSO seems to really love it. I think it would really satisfy my intellectual pursuit. Also given the market-oriented nature it seems like even at a top shop, I would be able to have some time to myself on the evenings/weekends to go for dinner, pursue a class, do stuff outside of work. Because of this it seems like the perfect opportunity for me where I can still grind/work hard, just on something I am interested in and something that gives me control back in my life.
Am I being naive? I don't want to end up in a situation where I regret joining and feel trapped to stay. To be clear I am looking for my next role to be a long-term role, and not looking to use it as a spring board to another exit opp. Any insight would be huge.