I was on youtube looking at the hearings from '09 and heard a few guys speak. The talkers were employees from Goldman Sachs and they obviously had top jobs at the firm if they were chosen to speak to congress. My question is, how hard is it to get a top job at a bank(not necessarily Goldman tier)? If not wondering about being the CEO or jobs at that level. Im talking about jobs you can get at around 35-40 years old. For example, "Executive Director of Structured Products Group Trading", Managing Director(MD), Partner, VP, etc. If you want to stay in banking and choose to stay, will they keep moving you up until you leave(if you actually do a decent job and get shit done) or is it competitive and after associate, only about 25% of bakers who want to move up actually moves up? Please don't mind my ignorance as I'm not in the industry and will be going to Stanford next year, so I have a long journey ahead of me.
Edit: How much do you get paid as a pre-MBA associate(just moved up from analyst)?
I hear all-in was $200k-300k and I've heard between 250k-500k.