Want to quit only 5 months in but can't afford to pay back signing bonus
Feel like these types of threads are popping up more frequently now for some reason. Long story short, I've realized investment banking isn't for me. I love the people I work with, and the culture in my group is fantastic. However, I've realized that I care too much about life outside of work, so I want to pursue a normal 9-5
The problem is that my signing bonus has a clawback provision that lasts two years. I have nowhere near $12k available to give back and would likely have to take out a loan to afford this. Obviously I wouldn't quit without anything lined up, but I doubt a regular corp fin job would agree to cover the signing bonus.
Taking out a personal loan to quit a job as lucrative as IB sounds like the worst possible financial mistake one could make, so I feel very trapped right now. Any advice or similar stories would be extremely helpful. And hope everyone here had an amazing Thanksgiving