Please tell me it gets better

I don't know why I'm making this post but I guess it's a last ditch attempt for some hope. I'm in my final year of university at a non-target, and I am still struggling to accept the reality of my situation. I have been miserable over the past few years and have tried to make the most of my situation, but have ended up short. I have struggled with not being good enough and have had suicidal thoughts for a long time now, but have always distracted myself by pretending that everything will eventually work out in the end. The reality is that I will most likely graduate with no offers and I have nothing to look forward to, as I have no friends and my parents don't talk to me. I don't have anyone to talk to and this is the only way I can reflect.

I was always super competitive and had extremely high ambitions. Ever since I was 14 I was looking into this industry and I had a plan on what I wanted to achieve. Of course life never works out exactly as you would hope, and even though I had factored that into account, I still expected to be 'successful' and get a good job after graduation.

Unfortunately, I did badly in my final year of school and got into a complete non-target university. I pretty much knew right then that it was over and I wouldn't have a chance of getting a job in this field, but I deluded myself into thinking I could still make it somehow. This industry isn't completely meritocratic and your background does matter. Where you studied does matter. A lot of the advice regarding networking isn't really applicable since I'm from the UK, and networking over here is no where near as relevant as it is across the pond.

I have made previous posts about being rejected/venting my frustrations and it has been difficult to accept that I have failed. I haven't got a single offer over the years for a relevant internship, and I have started to receive rejections for full-time positions too. I have worked really hard during my time at university to learn as much as possible about the industry, but that has all been a waste now since I didn't get any offers. I have been applying for a range of different roles over the years - not only IB, but I only managed to get one random, unrelated internship at a small firm. After constant failure, I felt awful and I started to punish myself by not eating or drinking anything for a while after each rejection. My self-esteem is non-existent as you can probably tell.

It has been hard seeing my future crumble in front of my eyes and I haven't been coping well. I have tried blaming it on the fact that I am at a non-target university in order to cope, but maybe I'm just not good enough. Either way, it is my fault that I am in this position and I have woken up every single day for the past few years regretting not working harder.

Many people I went to school with went on to study at elite universities and have got the best jobs from the best companies. I feel so useless when I see them achieving what I have always wanted to achieve. What really hurts is knowing that if I had done things differently in the past, I could have also achieved what they are achieving.

It's weird because I'm only 20 and I should just be starting my career, but it feels as if my career ended before it even began. I am scared about the future because I don't want to kill myself, but I also don't want to live the rest of my life as a failure who didn't make it. Seeing everyone else doing great things when I'm such a useless fucking loser makes it even worse.

Do things eventually work out in the end? Or is all the time and effort wasted if I am never going to get a job in this field?

Comments (62)

12d
ChimpyLawya, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Relax man I know how you feel. My only advice is to keep smiling, force yourself to smile and keep staying positive. Keep cold-calling and cold-emailing every firm out there, start small and build up. There is a light at the end of tunnel I promise.

Remember, wake up everyday and go about your day smiling. Appreciate the small things in life and go for walks. Read a book. You'll feel better. I guarantee it.

Once that goes up, you'll notice things begin to slowly fall into place.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
12d

The feelings you're experiencing don't change even after you break into the industry, and for me they've gotten worse because now I'm ONLY surrounded by high achievers. Our minds will always focus on the people that are doing better than us, unless we actively work against it. And there's always people doing better. Sometimes I feel like everybody from school is at better firms than me, working on better project than me, getting faster promotions than me. You just have to train your mind to not dwell on thoughts about others because a) usually they're misleading and b) what someone else is doing has absolutely 0 fucking relation to you and your goals.

The secret is simple: focus on yourself 100% of the time, and focus on moving forward 100% of the time. ALWAYS move forward. ONLY think about your future goals and what actions you should be taking now to get there, and make sure you're taking the right actions in the present. Focusing on  the future will get you excited and energized even if you're nowhere near where you want to be right now, because anything is possible in the future. We can set any goal and a plan of action to achieve it. You can't problem-solve the past, but you can problem-solve around any impediment to your future goals, and I'm telling you that you 1,000% can get a job in this industry. 

Ruminating on the past causes so much anguish because it's fixed. You can't change it. It's only causing you unhappiness, and ANY more time you spend thinking about the past is time wasted, because you could've spent it moving forward. So start thinking about where you want to be in 5 years professionally, mentally, physically, fitness-wise, and relationships-wise, and start taking steps every single day to get closer, because in 5 years you ABSOLUTELY can change everything.

For context, you're 22 and crying things are over? My rainmaker MD didn't even break into IB until he was almost 30, and now he generates millions and millions of dollars every year for the firm and has relationships with every single top corporate and financial sponsor in our vertical (and has a couple houses, a wife, and kids, and works from wherever the fuck he wants). Imagine if he gave up when he was 22 because he thought it was over. The possibilities are endless for you kid, you're just getting started. 

12d
rudyha, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I work with tons of people from non-targets and work in the UK. Albeit at my firm, quite a few of them broke in a long time ago. I'm not going to go through and read your exact goals, but you can go do a top MSF, or a audit/TAS for a few years and transition over. At 20, I felt in a similar position and did no internships in Uni. At 22 I'm working in loan AM and feel I have a good future ahead of me.

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
12d

You'll be fine. As a data point that hopefully inspires you, I started in community college before going to a Northwestern Mutual non-target and not even learning about IB until my senior year. I took a longer and more roundabout way to get there but got into IB at reputable banks and now PE. I was an absolute shithead in high school and college, and if I can do it, so can you.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
12d

This. As another data point, my path was like this as well. Not everyone breaks straight in after undergrad, that doesn't mean it's over. Hard work will always be rewarded, but sometimes not right when you want it. I would also look into the MSF program at Vanderbilt. It gives strong non-target students the ability to add a brand name to their resume and their IB job rate is like 98% after that. Lastly, go find a boutique internship. Just call or email them and ask if they could need some unpaid help for a couple months. It sucks not to get paid but having it on your resume opens tons of doors

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
12d

This is exactly how I did it. Going to piggyback on this with more detail:

→ 1.4 GPA in high school, total glue huffer

→ Community college for two years, then went to a large state school that shuffles accounting and finance kids into Big 4 audit or mortgage banking

→ Discovered IB my senior year, finished with a sub 3.0 GPA and zero internships of any kind (worked retail jobs throughout college to afford fun summers)

→ Cold-emailed everything in my hometown + 30 minutes outside of my hometown that looked like it brushed shoulders with M&A or capital markets and eventually got an unpaid internship with a small group of ex-consultants doing the independent sponsor thing for themselves (literally only 4 MDs, no VPs/juniors)

→ Applied to Vandy's MSF with a weak profile, they doubted letting me in but I begged my way in and pointed to my new internship as a signal for grit/whatever you want to call it

→ First internship experience snowballed into an internship offer with a real fund, which snowballed into my acceptance to Vandy

→ Old habits die hard, I fucked around too much at Vandy but still locked down an IB offer (not as good as I likely could have gotten had I locked it in more) with a "shitty" (to use WSO terms) boutique

→ Flipped shitty boutique experience into BB IB experience and flipped BB IB experience to MM PE (although I still could have made it out to MM PE with just the boutique experience)

I felt like I wasn't going to make it. In the middle of my year at Vandy, most of my classmates had secured offers while I hadn't. It sucked, and I was beginning to write off IB entirely and began looking into corp finance/commercial banking opps. I decided to shift my focus to smaller boutique banks and ended up with three offers. Look where others aren't looking, you can still climb your way up if that's what you decide you really want.

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BankBoy23, what's your opinion? Comment below:

These are all really great posts that I can't really live up to. Was in your shoes too, although didn't learn about this space until college, but that didn't stop me from getting extremely interested and competitive over it. I felt like a failure too for leaving school without an offer. If you think about the people you know who do have them (don't do this tooo often as someone above said can be majorly counterproductive and there will always be someone "above") I would guess you stack up pretty well. Stick with it and be as creative as possible in thinking of a way in. I'm sure you've tried tons of routes, but if you lay enough lines, one is bound to work out. I might take a break for a bit and look for a distraction, hard as that might be to find, then get right back after it once you're working full time. It's a very long career, and you might be later to the table than some peers, but ultimately, who cares. There are tons of people who have been able to lateral in without an IB offer right out of school, myself included, and let these precedents provide some hope. So much of breaking in has to do with drive and persistence, which it sounds like you have in droves (as people on here have noted, lots of folks, likely yourself included, are plenty smart for these roles, and banks don't vet all that hard, since a lot of the job is monotony, etc.) Obviously you have to be competitive academically, but even then, there are plenty of stories of folks getting roles with different backgrounds (see above.) 

12d
a-non-hardo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

18 on ACT. 3.0 HS Gpa, went to a non-target, didn't do the banking workshop.Fucked around my freshman year got a 2.0Took school much more seriously after that and realized I needed to get my shit together, I was also in a dark place similar to you. I was down bad, dad was about to pull me out of school and would've wound up in his basement.Got gpa up to somewhat competitive standard by end of junior year at like a 3.4 after grinding for the past 2 years. Take easy classes with easy teachers for electives.During my first 3 years of college I was arrested 3x, partied way too much, faced a whole felony, beat the cases, did the counseling / service hours / and time for the arrests.Lost an internship due to the arrest, lost my closest friends from a drug overdose. Shit was hard man.Kept my head up through the entire process, networked extremely fucking hard, ended up landing a SA for the summer after senior year (by this time had gpa up to a (3.5-3.7) and had a few internship experiences under my belt. Worked hard during internship, kissed ass, stayed late, kept head up, got a return.You got it man, I promise. Life is hard when you're 19-20, I'm now 22. Even 2-3 year makes a huge difference. Find a nice lady, keep your head up and you'll be good man.One step at a time, it'll all work out.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
12d

A couple of ways of moving forward:

1. Go for a MSc program at a top school - LBS, LSE, Oxford, HEC, Bocconi. They are competitive as well, but will improve your branding, give you a broader network and more time to apply. UK programs usually only give you one more shot, EU programs tend to be longer. I was at Bocconi and I could in theory apply 3 times for SA programs during the MSc. Get a good GMAT score, work on your grades, sort out your story, try to get some related professional experience.

2. Go work at Big 4 or similar boutique firms, get your ACA and lateral to investment banks. This has been done a countless number of times and investment banks are looking for ACA holders for lateral hiring (well maybe not at the moment but generally).

3. Go work at the Big 4 or other financial/accounting firm for a couple of years and do an MBA at LBS or INSEAD. Last resort to join banking through a somewhat established pipeline. Aim for the best programs.

Honestly though if at this point this is causing you such distress then you need to spend some time working on yourself and it would be a good idea to have a professional to talk these things through with. If you don't fix the underlying chip on your shoulder and obsession over comparing yourself to others, then you will be stuck in an endless loop and nothing will be good enough. Even if you get into banking (and realize that it really isn't all that it's made up to be) you will compare yourself to your peers who at that point will be already associates at various PE firms. Comparisons will never end. You need to realize that everyone moves at their own pace and each career is unique.

12d
Smoke Frog, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Try getting laid man, can change your whole depressive mindset. Working out helps too.

I graduated undergrad a year late and with a ~2.3 gpa in premed and made it. Just keep trying. You can get a job in audit at a crappy consulting firm and break in after a few years.

Get rich or die trying.

11d
BeveragedBuy0ut, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Further echoing some of the previous replies, the best thing you can do as of now is take a step back and take pride in what you HAVE done. When I become overwhelmed or simply sad in general, I take some time to reflect on everything I had done to get to that moment in my life. You have probably done a lot more than you are giving yourself credit for and by accounts of most around you, are a successful and good person. Sure, we all fall flat here and there, but that doesn't take away from the fact that you worked your ass to get here and should be proud of in and of itself. Keep your head up and remember this shit isn't a sprint. 

11d
nicmau, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You are only 20, I'm guessing you are doing a Bachelor. Why not do a MSc and get a second shot? Maybe straight after the BSc or after a year of work if you find it. Sometimes you have to make a step backward to make two steps forward: random internship are not random, they are a cv builder which you need to in order to find an IB internship. It is completly normal. I myself managed to get an IB internship only after other two so you got plenty of time

11d
Crypto Jones, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am a few decades out of school, went to a complete non-target (I think we were ranked in top 5 of "national party school" by princeton review at the time), I got a shit first job out of university. But somehow, over the last two decades, I was on a PM/trader team at a top brand name asset manager, and now run a very successful crypto fund for 5 years now (no, we didn't blow up with FTX cause we're not morons and don't keep assets on exchange unless they are being actively traded). 

Also, the whole "I'm in London, there isn't any networking" is complete BS. I have a feeling since you dropped the fact that you have "no friends", you probably just have zero networking skills in general, so probably something to look into as you move out of university.

Basically, my advice here, is quit being a victim/p**sy/whatever, start working out to get your head straight and gain some shred of confidence, and go figure things out. In today's day and age its never been easier to make a bunch of money, and the college diploma from a target school isn't nearly as important as it used to be when I was coming up.

So buck up, man, life is gonna throw a lot worse things at you than not getting into the right college. 

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a-non-hardo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is some tough love but he's right. Life's hard. A lot of people struggle not just you.

Just gotta nut up, work out, find some real fire in you to get after it day in and out.

  • Intern in IB - CB
11d

Went to super non-target in the UK, and got an IB role a year after i graduated with no prior IB experience, pm me for advice. It will be alright I promise.

11d
chipotleassociate, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Holy fuck dude.

Didn't see anybody else say it so I'm going to. Don't take yourself so fucking seriously. Getting ready for IB at 14??? Upset about a nontarget placement as a freshman in college?? Dude state school girls are way more fun - enjoy what life gives you.

Go to the bar. Host a party. Get laid. Play a sport. Make an impulse decision to travel for the weekend. For fucks sake you're 20 years old, you're not supposed to have literally anything figured out. You think IB people do - hell no, we all are trying to figure out what we're doing the next year after we get bonuses. Your pit of anxiety will not get better until you realize there's 8 billion of us not knowing what the fuck we're doing, but shit works out.

Aside from this, there's way more to life than work. You work to make a living, you don't live to work. Too many young people forget this - at the end of the day it's always just a job. I get this may sound like it's easy for me to say being an associate, but trust me it's true. If I wouldn't have made it in this industry I guarantee I would have found another spot in sales elsewhere and never looked back. Maybe would have made more money even, who the fuck knows or cares. Money affords a lot, but we also give up a lot to get it.

TL;DR - nobody knows what the fuck we're doing anyway, so don't feel ashamed for not knowing also - and enjoy what life gives you (including non-target liberal arts girls)

  • Associate 1 in IB - Cov
10d

Agreed with the above. I went to a garbage college and took a job with what was basically Northwestern Mutual after college. I spent 3 years cold calling state employees (think train conductors, garbage men, etc) selling life insurance and getting told to fuck off on an almost hourly basis.

I also had high aspirations, but life is long. I put myself in a position to craft a good story for business school, studied my ass off for the gmat, and got accepted to a T15. Ended up getting an offer to a great bank where I currently work. Who knows where I go next.

Point being, you have PLENTY of time. If it doesn't work out this time around then make a realistic 1, 2 and 5 year plan. Things might change and that's OK. A solid MBA is a great way to create optionality and, if you're purposeful, is not very hard to achieve. Focus on developing relationships in your personal life. At the end of the day these are what will matter to you in the long term. If you're having thoughts like these you need to speak to someone. You're still at the beginning of a very long life, and it would be a tragedy for you to waste that over something that will seem trivial 10 years down the line.

10d
apple red, what's your opinion? Comment below:

OP, the biggest blind spot that drives your frustration is the ungrounded belief that SUCCESS = ibanking.  
 

Seriously, who says ibanking is the metric for success? Let me tell you my story. I went to a school with heavy ibanking culture where over 90% of my classmates are recruiting for ibanking. I was one of them until I realized how brain-dead, soul-sucking, and mediocrely-paid ibanking is (no offense to the ibankers) 200k (110k post-tax) for 90 hours/week and then 400k (200k post-tax ) for 75 hours/week at MM PE, is that really the definition of success ?  There are literally one thousand other well-paid professions. Medicine, law, quant trading, software engineering, consulting, product management, academia, even social media influencer. Do what you love and you'll miraculously find a way out. 

So you went to a non-target, so what? Non-target is a set-back because ibanking is a non-meritocratic and relationship-based profession, so it cares about your alumni network way more than your intellectual aptitude. But there are places that recruit purely based on merits and pay twice of ibanking. Quant trading for example.  You have a realistic chance at quant trading (even from community college) if you clear that 80 math puzzles in 8 minutes thing. If you find statistical arbitrage in 10 seconds and generate 100M PnL for your desk, who cares if you went to Harvard or XX state school? If you are not cut out for quant trading, there's  software engineering which doesn't give a fuck about college degree if you can leetcode. There're also law and strategy consulting which you can pursue after a grad school re-set. There are one thousands ways to walk out of your current situation if you keep studying hard and be confident.

The following is a realistic list of options for the next step that you can take to further your career:

1. Apply for grad schools in financial engineering / statistics / economics / operations research and then recruit for S&T ( quant trading or strats ) which is slightly more meritocratic than IBD ( also pays great with way better wlb) . You'll also have a shot at those buyside / prop trading shops and if you get a seat there, your career will go straight up to the moon. 

2. Apply for grad schools with your favorite major and then recruit for strategy consulting which is open to grad students and equally prestigious as ibanking

3. Take gap year, do research, and then apply for PhD, then after PHD go straight to top hedge fund ( skip ibanking and go straight to buyside )

4. Leetcode and become a SWE who makes 200k - 500k while coasting and pajama-partying. ( Although FAANG is in hiring freeze, a lot of finTechs, hedge funds, and prop shops are still hiring for SWE with buttloads of cash )

5. Study for LSAT and apply for law school

6. If you are dead-set on ibanking, you can temporarily settle for a consulting job at big four, try to transfer to deal advisory team, and then apply for a good MBA by properly telling your story. And then recruit for ibanking during MBA. That's what MBA is for, to give a second chance to people. You'll always have second chance if you want something really bad. 

  • Intern in IB - CB
10d

There is a way easier way in the UK, with no MBA bs. Go do a Masters in a target, then you will be eligible to do summer internship the summer that you will graduate, and you will also be eligible to do off-cycles in most banks and boutiques even 3+ years after graduation. No need to do an MBA. Your easier way is a Masters in a target 

  • Investment Analyst in AM - Other
10d

As someone who lost my best friend to suicide a couple of weeks ago (he also had recently graduated and was feeling a bit lost), I can promise you that no problem is unsolvable. Suicide just takes your pain, multiplies it by 100x and then distributes it to everyone who cares about you most.

Look, I graduated in 2018 from a non-target, with a non-finance degree with no internships. Took a shitty accounting role and was paid £18,500 base with no bonus. 4 years later my all in compensation is over 5x my starting salary, and I'm working on the buy side in a role I genuinely enjoy doing with very reasonable hours (45-55h/week).

Your luck can change over night. You need to just look objectively at what are the requisite skills that you need and how do you get them. For me, I thought I need to learn to build models. Modelling requires accounting and excel. So I became a chartered accountant and did modelling courses. I then applied for a tonne of jobs until one landed.

People our age (20's) assume life is a straight line and if you don't get that banking job upon graduation then life's over. Reality Check: this is so far from the truth. Just learn from your mistakes, learn about what is truly important to you, and put the work in by networking and up skilling at every opportunity.

Hope this helps

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kek85559, what's your opinion? Comment below:

man ur only 20, if youre in the UK whats your bachelor grade? Cant you go for a good masters with maybe GMAT too?

got a 3.3 GPA on my undergrad then took a gap year for big4 and regional bank IB internships, moved to target master in LDN and now got BB SA offer lined up due to gap year experience and target master at 24.

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ThenTechnician, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What are you on about? You're from the UK. Apply for a job, do the test, and you have just about the same chances on the interview as someone from a "target" university.

It's down to you if you're going to show some differentiating factors during the interview that will make them say when remembering you: "You know that guy who liked X and did Y, I want him".

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WhatReturnOffer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

So you've known about this industry since you were 14 and still weren't able to prepare accordingly?

I think there are deeper issues in your life you should work on figuring out. Getting a job offer isn't what's going to make you no longer depressed or eradicate your suicidal thoughts. Take some time to focus on yourself and understand why you aren't happy.

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Nholmes508, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're still so young and way further along then you think.. when I was in undergrad I didn't know a single thing about Investment Banking, private equity, etc. I came from a non-target (you only need a ~2.5 high school GPA to get in), finished with sub 3.5 gpa, started as a tech recruiter making $30k a year, next worked in a warehouse for an year doing some supply chain analysis work, then B2B sales for about 1.5 years, then went back to get my MBA at a non-target. Landed an internship at a large PE fund after my first MBA semester because I had a 4.0 GPA and passed my level one CAIA exam. Finished MBA with 3.97. Worked in Corp Dev for 2 years and and at working at a reputable Middle Marked IB. Point is, it was be demoralizing when things don't go to plan, but just because you don't get into IB out of undergrad you can still get in later… trying looking at Commercial banking, Credit, FP&A, Corp Dev, etc., if IB isn't going to work out now. Just go for jobs that you can use as a stepping stone. Also go get some extra accreditations, that's what separated me from other non-targets, for example Wall Street Prep course, does UK require FINRA exams? - if so take the SIE, or take CAIA, CFA, or CPA.

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trying_my_best, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm sorry that this has to happen to you.

I hope that this track brings you as much solace as it did for me.

https://open.spotify.com/track/3HyDpKAuR3e4l6QB7hSB2l?si=fpy2tw4eQ3uXYHrKLT8ESQ&utm_source=copy-link

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bddjfj1345, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have many similar thoughts as you. I am a senior who has worked my ass off networking, working internships while being a full-time student, and being involved on campus/ a student-athlete. Does it piss me off to see others who may "not have the same credentials" as me get the BB/EB I want? Yes to the fucking max man. But here's the thing you need to realize, life isn't fair. It doesn't matter how hard you work or how much you think you deserve a role, it may never happen. You might be going up against a genius or the MD's kid. And there's nothing you can do.

So what are your options? You can pout and say the world is out to get me. Proclaim you will never get to that "coveted" BB role. And I can ensure you, you will not.

Or you can stay persistent and make the best out of your situation. Believe me, people love a kid that acknowledges their short-comings and will do anything to get what they want. The people you idolize (Lebron, Zuckerberg) are the top .00000001% where everything worked in their favor and they were rich and famous on their first endeavor. The rest of the world has to grind and hopes to one day get that same opportunity. Jeff Bezos, Travis Kalanick are just two examples of people who were told no and their ideas were foolish. Did rejection make them quit?

You need to put life into perspective. There are children in Africa working 15 hours in lithium mines. Women in Afghanistan who can't attend school. They would kill for your opportunities. Would I like my career trajectory to be MS TMT/ MF PE/ HBS/ Founding a Unicorn. Damn right. But at the same time, life is beautiful when every day is unpredictable and not structured. You are 20, I am 21. We are so young and can do so many great things beyond an entry level IB job. I wish the best for you, but it depends on how you react to adversity. 

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Kz10, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey,

If I may, as long as your personal life, your relationship with your family aren't fixed, as long as you haven't met people that you can call friends, f*ck the industry, the competition, the meritocracy and all of that

You and your health should come first. Even if you get an offer it might even make things worse since it's not easy to spend most of your weeks working, and it would be even more difficult if you can't enjoy the few moments you'll get for yourself

To finish with, and even if it may sound harsh, maybe this is the very reason why you couldn't get an offer ? Recruiters in the industry are looking for balanced people that can tie bonds easily, since it's what you should be doing later

My point is that no matter how you look at it, the solution may be the same every time : take care of yourself first king, everything else is secondary

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Career Advancement Opportunities

December 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲08) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (= =) 99.3%
  • Financial Technology Partners (+ +) 98.9%
  • Evercore (▽01) 98.5%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲01) 98.2%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

December 2022 Investment Banking

  • PJT Partners (= =) 99.6%
  • Evercore (▲02) 99.3%
  • Greenhill (▲05) 98.9%
  • Canaccord Genuity (▲15) 98.5%
  • William Blair (= =) 98.1%

Professional Growth Opportunities

December 2022 Investment Banking

  • PwC Corporate Finance (▲14) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (▲03) 99.3%
  • Jefferies & Company (▲04) 98.9%
  • William Blair (▽02) 98.5%
  • Evercore (▽01) 98.2%

Total Avg Compensation

December 2022 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (10) $613
  • Vice President (38) $392
  • Associates (220) $255
  • 2nd Year Analyst (139) $163
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (19) $160
  • 1st Year Analyst (466) $153
  • Intern/Summer Associate (88) $151
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (337) $92