Talk me off the cliff
Calling Synergy_or_Syzygy and all IB sr associates/VPs and up
First year associate at a top EB group here who is 50/50 on just quitting on the spot. Looking for someone who isn't at my bank and highly biased to give me the logic behind not just quitting right now. With the exception of a single protected weekend and Thanksgiving/Christmas, I have done 90-100+ hours every week since I hit the desk. I never have time to consistently exercise. My sleep cycles are completely fucked up. The rare occasion I have some free time, it is sporadic enough nothing can be planned and I am too exhausted to take advantage. And the worst part is that there is no end in sight to any this and I am not convinced it is going to be better when we are back in the office now that people know we can do all of these meetings over Zoom instead of in person.
I have stopped taking recruiting calls from undergrads because I cannot in good conscience recommend that anybody do this job.
What is the reason at this point, besides $$, to not quit and do something else? The VPs are working a similar amount, so when exactly does it get better? An MD on my deal took 6 zooms this past week during his "family vacation." Is that what I have to look forward to?