Is it okay to quit?
Appreciate there are a few posts like this but would really appreciate some advice. I went to a non target and spent a couple of years working random finance/corporate jobs before I decided I wanted to move into IB. After a lot of hard work I eventually lateralled to Big4 and then after another 2 years moved into IB.
I am about 6 months in and I hate it. I have been working until 3am - 5am (sometimes creeping up to 7am) 4 days a week (luckily I usually finish earlier on Fri) and working 3 out of 4 weekends. Most of the work I produce usually results in someone getting angry with me and telling me it is shit. As a result I feel extremely anxious, tired and fed up that I get to see my girlfriend for about 5 minutes every day when I eventually get into bed at 5am.
I desperately want to quit but I'm nervous that I am already on my 3rd job out of uni (graduated in 2018) and I only have 6 months experience in IB (albeit c.1.5 years at Big4 M&A) so I'm not sure what my options are.
Do I move to another bank and hope the hours are better? Seems like a risky move and even if I'm finishing 12am/1am I still never get to see my girlfriend
Do I move to PE/Corp Dev? Unsure if I have enough experience, I haven't closed a single deal and with my current hours there is no way I can do enough prep to get the job
Should I quit when I receive my bonus, use the time being unemployed to do some soul searching and prep for interviews? It seems very risky and I am worried that interviewers will judge me for being unemployed. But I don't want to stay in my current job and I don't have any time to prep given my current schedule.
Would welcome any thoughts on how to navigate this situation. Thanks very much in advance