Quitting SA

I know this is a dumb idea but what if I did it?

Currently at a REPE shop. Really liked what I was doing until I realized that I can't do this long-term. I've worked on average 80 hours a week, gained 15 pounds, am super stressed, and they pay FT analysts $75K base + 35% bonus which to me isn't worth it. Just got my first interview for FT in tech (product management), and I know I'd much rather do that and have the WLB while getting paid the same if not more.

How bad would it be to actually just quit my SA and focus on tech recruiting and hitting the gym lol?

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Jul 28, 2021 - 2:57pm
TheGenieCoefficient, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was in a non-finance role, and felt like I wasn't gaining experience/ didn't have ample time to focus on FT recruiting, so I worked out that I amicably ended my SA stint 2.5 weeks early. If you can leave on a good note then do it, but if it will burn bridges or hurt you if a future employer needed a referral, then it's not worth it.

Jul 28, 2021 - 4:20pm
Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:


"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 28, 2021 - 5:01pm
2rigged2fail, what's your opinion? Comment below:

happens all the time... go for it

no ones asking your ex SA employer for a referral. and if they are no one is saying "hE qUiT eArLy He'S a Low doWN dIRTY LIL SnaKE iN thE GRaSS"

Jul 28, 2021 - 11:17pm
BBA18, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What's the compelling reason not to ride it out for a couple of months then look for something else?  Not wanting to do this long-term isn't one.  

I come from down in the valley, where mister when you're young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 29, 2021 - 9:30am

I would just stay on to collect the check. Would you be interested in speaking with me further about product management? Sounds like it could be an interesting exit for me, and I'm definitely trying to exit soon. Ha.

  • Intern in RE - Comm
Jul 29, 2021 - 9:56am

Feel free to PM me. Am just an intern but I definitely know a lot through research and speaking with PM's and can give you a good understanding.

  • Investment Analyst in PE - Other
Jul 29, 2021 - 9:33am

Push back more and do the bare minimum until you collect that paycheck and dip. 

Jul 31, 2021 - 10:27pm
PainterDry, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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