The Hardest Pill to Swallow About Investment Banking
I was the kid in high school who read about the big salaries, the fast paced environment, the complexity of the work, the negotiation, the teamwork. I didn't need any convincing. Like Lil Baby with the street life, "I wasn't no tip toe, I jumped head first."
I dove deep. I perfected mythe offer. In the days preceding the start of my internship I envisioned myself sitting at a large mahogany conference table, listening as my MD sold an to a client on the other side. I was giddy with anticipation.
But here we are. The internship is well underway now and I'm beginning to worry that investment banking isn't what I thought. There may be an ugly truth I'm not ready to accept.
The hardest pill to swallow about investment banking: It's just a job.
So I come to you, an aspiring chimp, seeking answers from those both new and seasoned. Is there more? Or is this just another job?
Setting aside the facts of outstanding pay and career progression, is there anything about the day to day of investment banking that materializes all of the prestige and importance that I read about? Do independent advisory firms live a life of prestige? Am I at the wrong bank? In the wrong group?
Or, have I pulled back the curtain and I'm left facing the reality that most MD's offices are smaller than Michael Scott's.
Edit: thank you for the responses. Even though they haven't given me much hope, they've given me things to think about. One last reach: Does the life I'm looking for come to fruition at the highest levels of banking? Meaning, if I become Jamie Dimon or Paul J. Taubman, will I experience anything I was hoping for? Golly-gee man, if a Don/ Chuck Rhoades sized office isn't even what awaits at the top of banking, where the hell does it await?