Do your “non-high finance”friends understand your motivation/drive?
I can't be the only one to experience this - many of my friends don't understand why I would be willing to work the amount that I do. Obviously one of the reasons we all go into banking is for the money but I'm also someone who wouldn't feel accomplished if I wasn't near the top of the industry I work in (yes, I understand banking isn't the best in finance but I'm in my analyst years so it's up there for my age group). I'm not a prestige whore - I'm just competitive with myself and know that I should have a job that will satisfy my internal competitiveness if that makes sense. When my friends hear that I'm spending hours of my weekend in excel they have the most puzzled reactions.These people are so far removed from the finance world that they have no idea how much bankers are paid and I'm not the kind to talk about my compensation. Interested to know if you all have the same interactions and how you respond in those situations.
Edit: I know this makes me sound like a raging douche but I really didn't mean it that way. Bring on the MS