Jobs that actually help people

Might get some shit for this but I absolutely hate the culture of banking. I genuinely enjoy the nature of the job, learning about businesses, working hard towards closing a deal, and hearing the high level discussions from clients, sponsors, bankers, etc.

What I hate is the lack of purpose. The only thing that motivates others is the pursuit of the bonus/money in general. I used to be like that in college but now i simply don't care about money or prestige but I do want to work hard towards a mission I care about. I think I would be totally fine crushing 100 hours a week of work towards helping people in need or doing something I'm proud of.

Does anyone have any insight into jobs that need a generally similar skillset to banking (managing funds, negotiations, high-level thinking) that actually help people? Some ideas I had were working in more of an economics role within a global organization such as the IMF, managing funds for UN humanitarian missions, or maybe impact investing? Maybe consulting for humanitarian organizations?

Any insight on jobs/ways people have transferred over?

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Mar 30, 2022 - 5:15am
spark-pool, what's your opinion? Comment below:

To be frank, by far the best way you can help others is to continue working in IB and donate a portion of your pay to highly effective international charities.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Mar 31, 2022 - 10:24am

while that may be the most helpful - I'm not being completely selfless here. I want to help people in the sense I Want to wake up every day and be hyped/motivated to kick some ass at my job and feel like helping the world/community would cause that. RIght now in IB my motivation is severely declining as I constantly question everything I'm told to do and wonder why the fuck am I here in teh first place.

More about having a cool mission for the job itself. Was thinking something like worldbank or the IMF but heard mixed things

Mar 30, 2022 - 5:18am
kodi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Funds or SWF that focus more on ESG and impact investing. Really helps people. There is a lot of change happening in finance and this is about finding your home within the industry more than you not liking the culture at a specific bank.


  • Analyst 2 in IB - Restr
Mar 30, 2022 - 4:46pm

Distressed PE helps people by alleviating them of having jobs that do not contribute to maximizing the value of their portfolio companies.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Mar 31, 2022 - 7:24pm

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